Three blessings of the Holiday seasons
As I write this we are bareley two weeks away from Thanksgiving in the United States, our Canadian brothers and sisters have already celebrated Thanksgiving, and we are already slipping into Christmas. It is a time when we stop to count our blessings, and take stock of the world both as we see it and as we would like it.
We all have many blessings. I am blessed because of my children (two sons I love more than life itself) my daughter in laws both past and of course my grandchildren. I am blessed with a wife of 38 years whom I love and with a comfortable life.
But I am also blessed with three other things that are unique to me because I am a person with diabetes and RA.
Outside of people I have met in the online community I do not know a single person with RA. Amazing as that seems it is true. Without the online community I would be relegated to discussing treatments, techniques and coping mechanisms with my doctor and in his waiting room.
Instead I have a community that I regard with the deepest of appreciation. I turn to this online community when I feel good and feel bad, when I accomplish things and when I fall short. Not because anyone in that community can do anything to make my life better, rather because they understand what it is to fall short, or the pure joy of excelling at a task that is unexpected.
Community, the RA and Diabetes online communities is certainly one of my best blessings of this holiday season.
Those of us with RA obviously have the gift of perseverance. I do not know a single person who shares this reality who lacks perseverance. We struggle to walk, yet we walk. We struggle to sleep, yet we sleep, and we struggle with pain, yet we go on. RA teaches us perseverance in great abundance.
When I am hurting and I must go on I think of a famous quote from a character in the movie ‘The outlaw Josey Wales” in that movie the character
Blessings with Rheumatoid Arthritis
I am not blessed because I have RA. But I am blessed and coincidentally I have RA. I am blessed because of my children (two sons I love more than life itself) my daughter in laws both past and of course my grandchildren.
That is the only way I know to operate my life. This holiday season I look around and think to myself what are my blessings, and could I have more if I did not have RA? I do not think so. My blessings (there are many) are really not influenced much by RA.
It is true one of my blessings is the friends I have developed in the RA and diabetes communities. As I look around my (mostly virtual environment) I see dozens of friends and acquaintances I would never have had without RA and Diabetes. But truly I think I would have found an extended online circle of friends with or without RA and Diabetes. I try to be a social person.