Gratitude At Thanksgiving

November is such a great month. It is the month of Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but when I think November, I automatically think Thanksgiving. I have the best Thanksgiving weekends. I have the honor of working at the Manchester Road Race that morning. From there, I go to my sister-in-laws house to celebrate with my husbands family. The next morning on Black Friday I get up and go to upstate New York to celebrate with my family. I stay there until Sunday. and can take some time to see friends and family that I don’t get to see very often, and then on Sunday, I come home.

I have so much to be thankful for. With all I have been through with kidney disease, dialysis and right through kidney transplant I have to say that my family, friends, clients, doctors, nurses, dialysis techs and entire transplant team have been amazingly wonderful. I get very overwhelmed when I think about all that these people have done for me. When I was diagnosed, I thought it was a death sentence. My doctor of course set me straight on that. He showed me that I could be me and continue to live my life even while on dialysis. My first social worker said something that made all of the difference in the world for me. She said “you don’t fit your life around dialysis, you fit dialysis around your life.” That is one of the things I held onto from beginning to end of that journey. I can’t even tell you how thankful I am for her. My sister was by my side at my doctor appointments before dialysis, my husband trained with me for dialysis, when I had to switch to home hemodialysis, my husband and my son both trained with me and my family and friends rallied around me. From checking in to see if I was ok, to joining me at the kidney walks. Even my clients got in on the action by following my progress, understanding when I was out of work for surgeries (There were several of those), to even helping me out when I was out of work. Wow! Just truly amazing people. I am so thankful for each and every one of these people.

Have you ever heard of the term tools in your toolbelt of well-being? These people really became that for me. I had many other tools too though. Even my stubborness became one of these tools. I would try to name all the people who got me through this, but I am afraid I would miss someone and feel horrible.

However, this is the month that I really need to reach out to these people and say thank you. I so appreciate you. You made all of the difference for me and without you, I would not have gotten through that part of my journey.

I’m sure you have your own life experiences with people who you are very grateful for. With all of this in mind, I thought that the essential oil blend Gratitude would be a great oil to talk about for November. Gratitude is a blend that helps to foster a grateful attitude and embrace the blessings in your life. It has a very uplifting aroma and it invites a feeling of emotional and spiritual progress. As I said, this is a blend. It is made up of Idaho Balsam Fir, Frankincense, Coriander, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Begamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Vetiver and Geranium.

There are different ways to use this oil. Of course you can diffuse it. It is recommended that you diffuse 1-3 times daily. I like to wear essential oils as perfume. This is the one I will be wearing on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend. One of the recommended application processes is to rub it over the heart and on the forehead and temples. I will say that if you are going to do this, just be very careful not to get it in or too close to your eyes. You can use 2-4 drops of it and it is gentle enough that you do not need to dilute it, except on very sensitive skin.

Something I want you to know about using essential oils is that if you were ever to get them in your eyes or an essential oil started to burn, the best thing to do is dilute it with oil. Never try to flush it out of your eyes with water. It just won’t work. You need to use oil. If you are like me and use them in the shower, it’s a good idea to keep a little bottle of olive oil in the shower that you can get to it quickly even if it’s in your eyes and you can’t open them.

If you have any questions about using this or any other essential oils, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be so happy to help you discover the oil or oils that can make a difference in your life.

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