Speaking about choices-we are called upon to make so many choices every day. Some are big and others small.  However, there are some choices that we can make all the time.  Like the decision to be grateful.  No matter what our circumstances, we can always choose to be grateful for the abundance of wonderful things that we have in our lives. We can always give thanks for our families, friends, home, food, health, clothes, cars-for our very lives and people that we are.

I recently treated a patient who came to the Emergency Room with symptoms that he had never had, and they were concerning to him and his family.  After his evaluation, I was explaining his diagnosis when he said something that resonated with me.  “Well, maybe this is a blessing in disguise,” was a remark that gave me pause for a moment.  He was thankful that he had symptoms that brought him to medical attention early-possibly averting a catastrophic event in the future.

Looking for something to be grateful for is a powerful choice that can have a profoundly positive impact.

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