Today I’m thankful for Science

Today I’m thankful for science. I am glad that I am breathing and functional and that I get to go to physical therapy. I am glad that during this coming week I’ll begin the process of strengthening my arm and my leg. I’m glad that there are people who understand what it is all about.

I’m thankful that there are doctors and others that took the time to sit in classrooms and labs and learn about what is going on in my brain. I’m thankful that they had the curiosity to study and learn. I’m glad that there were people who went before who allowed interns and residents to work and study on them so that they could get an education.

I think back to my days as an intern in grad school and my post grad work. I’m thankful for clients who let me learn via the process of working with them.

Next week on the 27th of November there is a day of gratitude that is celebrated in the U.S. For those who are U.S. citizens what will you give thanks for? What is your life all about? Who has made your life better this year? Who do your owe a great thank you to?

Once again I will thank my sister for the trip to the U.S. I will thank her kids for helping it to be a success. I am thankful for the fact that I was able to spend three weeks with my mother. I’m thankful that I got that time because I don’t know if I’ll have that ever again. Thanks for the bash!!!

I am thankful for friends. I wish I could see more of you but you are there and I’m here and our hearts are together.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the complex that we forget the very simple. I am writing a simple post because I want to remind you of the many things you have.

You have the ability to move your hands, to walk to the mailbox and see the sun. You can open the box or click with the mouse. Somewhere you know someone who CAN’T. During the next year pledge to extend to them a service they need. Pick up the phone and call them more often.

Gratitude is a two-way street. We need to take the time to be thankful for the stuff we have. We need to create for others things to be thankful for. It is about giving and receiving.

It is raining and cold outside and I’m inside where it is toasty and warm. Penelope just popped by to say hello and stick her tongue out at me. I look up and see my back-lit parasols that Jon put up here in my work space. I owe him a great debt of gratitude for the last five weeks. He has cooked and cleaned and comforted me when I’ve been sad and blue. I cannot repay this but I can give a thankful heart and a very public mention.

On Tuesday I will have my first physical therapy session and I hope I get pushed to the max. I will also have my first ergo therapy session and that too will be a challenge. I can’t wait!!!!

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About Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff

I am an American who is living in The Netherlands. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist with a license to practice in California. Music has been a huge part of my life. Singing is something you can find me doing at any time and anywhere. I have to admit that I try to not sing while out in public though. You can also find me in the kitchen cooking up wonderful things. cooking is something that I have just recently (in the last ten years) discovered that I'm talented at doing, and it is really fun. The best way to know me is to read my blog.
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3 Responses to Today I’m thankful for Science

  1. Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff says:

    Just got back from my first day. That place is huge and it was kind of over whelming but the people know what they are doing. I have a male Erog/occupational therapist. That will be fun. I’m tired now so I’ll relax. The Ergo guy gave me a good suggestion for helping my typing.

  2. Gail Nicolaysen-Shurtleff says:

    Thanks, I need all the help I can get.

  3. Mikole Concidine says:

    You are an incredible person Gail! You have such a positive outlook on life, even when circumstances have been difficult. You have been an inspiration to so many people! Our prayers are with you and your dear, sweet Jon! May you be blessed through your trials!

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