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THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY
S ince I immigrated to the United States from India, I don’t have any childhood memories of celebrating Thanksgiving. However, my family has made the holiday our own. Whenever the kids are out of school, my wife and I try to take them on a trip. This year, we plan to spend Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains relaxing and enjoying some much- needed time off. But I do have a problem with Thanksgiving. It has nothing to do with the copious amount of food people eat or the crazy sales the day after. The problem I have with Thanksgiving is the theme: giving thanks. Every year during the holiday, Americans are reminded about what they should be grateful for, and they hopefully spend time reflecting. But this isn’t something we should be doing once a year; we should celebrate the things we are thankful for year-round. Thanksgiving should be a celebration of pre-existing gratefulness, not a reminder to be thankful. We sometimes forget to be thankful, and we do things mechanically without understanding what we actually have to be thankful for on a daily basis. We ignore how the pieces of our life are connected, and we instead get hung up on negativity. We focus on the bad rather than being grateful for what we have. Every day, I practice gratitude for what I have been given and what I’ve worked for. I’ve immigrated from another country, earned a degree in physical therapy and wellness, spent years building up a practice with my wife, and created a family with our own traditions. Every opportunity I’ve had and step I’ve taken has led me to where I am today. Without my past, I wouldn’t be in my present. Finding Ways to Be Thankful 365 Days a Year EVERYDAY GRATITUDE
I often think back to my time
in school for physical therapy. I was taught the mechanics of healing the
body and ways to help people get back to their daily lives. But I only learned about half of what I use today. I didn’t have all the knowledge I needed when I graduated, and every opportunity, patient, and practitioner I’ve worked with has given me more experience. As readers will remember from our October newsletter, I’m more than a physical therapist. I have to act as a counselor, a friend, an engineer, and a trainer, among other things. If I’m not present, thankful, and encouraging, negativity will be transferred to my patients and stall their healing. Occasionally, I’m asked to speak at an addiction center. I get to use my knowledge as a medical expert to talk about the effects of using substances on people’s bodies, and I personally get to know the patients. I’m often reminded at this center that experiences are not one-size-fits-all and everyone has a lot to be thankful for. Even while being dealt one of life’s toughest hands, the folks at this center find ways to be grateful. I may not make a ton of money. I may sometimes have to work hours I don’t like or miss free time due to obligations. But if I’m not happy, everything is useless. I’m excited to come to work. I love working with my wife — although a lot of people ask me what that is like, and I’m not sure whether they think it’s a good or bad idea — and we get to raise a wonderful family together.
For all that, I’m grateful.
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