Just for fun — and because it’s good for the hear too — I’m picking a few pictures that show you some things I am thankful for. To be specific, I’m picking FOUR things I am thankful for. I’m thankful for a lot more than FOUR things, but you know… it’s kinda fun to be thankful FOUR. 🙂 🙄 😆
1. Things that are beautiful. Nature is so incredible.
2. Memories that make me smile every time I remember them.
3. Funny, unexpected moments that create happiness.
4. Animals, pets, lovable creatures, and beautiful critters.
That’s short and sweet, but every time I look at this page, it brings a smile to my face. I figure there is a lot of value in that!
To pass that feeling along, I’d like to ask you —-
What four things are you thankful for????
Happy Thanksgiving, to you, and all of your DID system.
I hope you feel some happiness today.
I hope you feel some warmth.
I hope you feel some connection with those of us who understand.
If you are feeling alone, you are welcome to join in with this community of trauma survivors.
I wish you, and all of your system insiders, much goodness on your healing journey.
Copyright © 2008-2018 Kathy Broady MSW and Discussing Dissociation
Thank you for caring enough to cry for me when I can’t do it myself. Even though it was for a second . Your spoken words is what I will cherish. To have a person feel that much empathy for what I’m going through is valuable. It told me that I’m not over reacting, or being childish, that shit happens move on, you validated my emotional pain.
It’s alway a nice reminder that ; I Sissy is worth something, my feelings are important, and my life story dose matter.
Four things that I am grateful for …
Courage. I am grateful for my insiders, for their loving presence, strength, curiousity, creativity and will to live. They have taught me that I am someone worth courageously fighting for.
Affection. I am grateful for the mind, hearts and souls that have offered themselves to me in unconditional love, acceptance and care — my husband, psychologist/mentor, therapists, friends (two legged and four legged), my heart family (i.e., persons that I have chosen to be family), nature and Mother Earth.
Resilience. The power of community and the collective wisdom of my friends here who teach me every day what it means to walk the path of a multiple and follow the guiding light of our singleton beacon of hope Kathy.
Enlightenment. The peace that comes through the light of the loving grace that understanding, acceptance and healing brings to my life. Only in knowing can I be made whole for that which was taken from me is finding its way back to me and my life is restored in all of its glory and hardships.
Julie Plott says
I’m thankful for my therapist. Holidays are horrible and lonely, my family doesn’t invite me to any get togethers, I wouldn’t go if they did. They only remind me of the torturous childhood I had. I moved 400 miles away from them 20 years ago to a city that I didn’t know anyone to get away from them, they were not told were I went. years later someone saw me and told them. They some how got my number just to call and tell me how awful I am. I’m thankful they don’t call but about once or twice a year. I’m thankful, I was able to move away. I’m thankful my dad is 89 years old. I’m thankful he is not immortal, like he said he was when I was a child.
So sorry I didn’t see this blog on Thanksgiving. I hope your Thanksgiving was special. Sounds like it was. Mine was. I enjoyed being home with mySelf/ves in peace and quiet. I felt very grateful. (Today, is not a good day for us/someone to talk about gratefulness.)
Thank you for the beauty you expressed on this blog. I am grateful for it, you, your staff, and for the others, who shared their beauty on this blog.
Four things. This is a tough ask especially now.
I’m thankful I have such a wonderful child who has grown into a caring and compassionate adult, who supports and loves me, works to break down and educate about the barriers disabled people face and brings so much joy to this world.
Thank you for asking this question.
I am thankful for so many memories of all my critters….they are all gone now and I miss them VERY much…..memories like….
Every night when I come home from work now, I remember Mr Murphy (my cat) meeting me at the door and getting in my lap and “hugging” me before I even finish sitting down…..
Every night when I come home from work now, I remember Speckles, my horse. would hear me coming and meet me at the end of the driveway waiting for her Milkbone Dog Biscuit – she LOVED those – and we would have a special time as she ate…….
The memory of FuzzButt – another earlier cat – who was like a Ragdoll cat…..as soon as I sat down he would drape himself over me and just lay there in perfect peace….I would watch him and SO wonder what that felt like…….
I am thankful for my sister – the only person (other than T and ya’ll in the blog) who can “hear” what I am saying….and is willing to try to “understand”……
I didn’t throw up everything
am thankful for this site, and kathy’s ginormous heart
am thankful for my counselor and her patience and consistency with me
am thankful for having a place near me that i can go to and share in person with other did’rs -who aren’t surprised by my questions, and help me to know my experiences are ‘normal’…
and am thankful for all those that share here, and help me feel less alone…
(it’s super hard for me to share things am thankful for~ on so many levels, but at least could here in black and white)
I love that you have a place you can go . I wish I did .
i sooo wish that there were safe places in real life for everyone here to go and get support…
i’m in the nw in us… (if anyone wants to know more info- maybe kathy can email info- not sure if that’s ok or not?)
i would’ve never known to even look for place like this- it was a whirlwind of hospitalizations last year that i was referred…
it was so scary that i ‘passed’ in order to receive services ~ and is still scary, and yet so helpful at same time…
i truly wish you and others here could find similar support- i know it’s rare to find…
take gentle care of yourself, and am glad that this site, and kathy and all those here are so supportive of each other…
I live in New England so we are on the opposite stride of the USA. Maybe someday we will get something like that over here .
Julie Plott says
I understand that, this is one of my loneliest days of the year, along with Christmas and the other Holidays.
What four things I’m thankful for????
1:my isystem. It’s keep us in a Survival mode instead of a casket
2: Good friends and good family
4: stout he is hey Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix . 4.5 lbs of unconditional love
I am thankful I got toughness.
I am thankful for my sisters.
I am thankful my irl kids are ok.
I am thankful for nature.
The old dog have earslike pinky he used to slam dunk our kittykat when he was a baby cat.they both ded now an we miss them.
Thank you kathy
Thank you s our t even tho you dont know us
Dontknow anorher one.
The bech 🏖
Go out for is crem 🍦
Kathy Broady MSW says
I am thankful for YOU today . !!
And yes, if you are reading this, that means YOU!!
Thank you for coming to this blog.
Thank you for being part of this community.
Thank you for reading, and commenting, and reading and commenting some more.
Thank you for having the courage to work on your healing.
Thank you for being willing to share your healing journey with me!
Every wound you heal, and every bit of freedom you claim for yourself, and every moment of beauty you see helps this world to become a better place. We can’t fix all the terrible things happening out there — but we can each make our area of the world better.
And that’s what I see you doing. So THANK YOU for being so courageous and for bringing more light into all our days!
Please remember that you are beautiful.
these words bring tears to my eyes…
so hard to take in…
i realize that these words are for the collective of readers, and writers here… not just me…
but reading the words that someone is thankful for me…
and thinks i’m beautiful and courageous….
where do i put that?
Just four Thankfuls? That’s kinda hard! Here goes:
1. Nature in all her vast expressions. The Mountains, The Snow. Green Rolling Hills. A Bird’s Song in Spring. Fresh cut grass. Watermelons. Water – Rivers & Streams. The rolling Ocean oh My! Trees. Forests. Flowers. Wind & rain. Sunshine. All so very Healing for me.
2. Music! Oh my! Music that delights my Soul & Eases my Pain. Comforts my heart. Oh Music, I love you!
3. The Helpers. The Healers. The Kind People. The Friends so Close.
The Good Therpist in this World. I’ve known & Loved the Best! My Partner in Life – So Kind & Gentle yet Firm & Steadfast. The Babies, Grandbabies & more. The Innocent Ones. The Funny Ones. And my Nanny. Oh I Love my Grandmother – such a treasure.
4. Dogs. All kinds. Dogs. Kittens & Horses. Elephants & Giraffes. Animals – I love them.
My Thankfuls. That made me happy inside to think of my Thankfuls! 😊
Thank you for your post, Kathy. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
I am Thankful for little surprises. My daughter has a new boyfriend and he made me guacamole and brought it over since I don’t eat meat. It was yummy and and unexpected. It made my Thanksgiving that someone was that generous and thoughtful today!
Kathy Broady says
Reblogged this on Discussing Dissociation and commented:
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Today, in the USA, is Thanksgiving Day.
I have so very much to be thankful for…
Much more than 4, more like 4444444….!
I pray your day is filled with kindness, beauty, laughter, and generosity.
Happy Thankful Day to you.
I have wanted to post and comment but we have trouble navigating this site, though we’ve read it for a long time now. I did post once and it went to my FB page and we can’t have that. Is there any way for this in private? Will this show up on my FB page too?
Kathy Broady MSW says
Hey Amy —
Thanks for writing, and welcome to Discussing Dissociation! Thank you for being brave in posting here! It’s nice to meet you, especially as you’ve been here for awhile.
As far as privacy goes… I have a few things to say in response to your questions. First, I removed part of the name you used to post with — not sure if that was a “legal name” or not, but I’ve already removed it in case it was. No one has to share their real name here at DD! It’s always okay to use a nickname / system name / pretend name. etc.
As for Facebook — well, Facebook has control over Facebook, and yes, if your FB account is in your name, your name will show up wherever you post. I don’t know that posting HERE attaches you to FB tho – that’s odd. As far as I can see, this post here is your first post on DiscussingDissociation.com . Maybe you posted on the DD Facebook page?? Not sure. Very strange! One way to for sure have HERE on this blog NOT connected to FB is to not include any FB links or website info. What you’ve used to comment today (a name, an email) should keep this post very separate from anything showing on Facebook. You did it right!
If privacy is a big concern for you, the MOST privacy will be available when the new Forum opens up. All the posts, comments, membership info will be hidden behind a membership wall. Everyone will have to login to see / read / comment, so… in that sense, the general public will not be able to see what is written there. The Forum is HOPEFULLY going to be ready in early December, so keep watching for more information about that.
Thanks again for having the courage to write. It’s good to hear from you!