I have to work this Thanksgiving holiday, but it's okay with me because I am thankful I'm a nurse. I can eat turkey later tomorrow and spend time with my family then too. What I can't do every Thanksgiving is spend time with people who are sick and in need of my care.
I wasn't told by my manager that I had to work; I volunteered to, because I'm a hospice nurse, and my patients won't have another Thanksgiving to celebrate. I feel so fortunate to be spending mine with them. Helping them to enjoy what little time they have left on this earth the best way I can, makes me feel honored.
When I get off work tomorrow, I will be going to the local soup kitchen to help feed the homeless. I volunteer there as often as I can. I believe these things keep me humble and give me an appreciation for the things I do have.
I don't think that Thanksgiving is about which stores are opening for Christmas sales, or how much I can stuff my face. The whole basis for celebrating Thanksgiving is to give thanks for our blessings. I'm happy and thankful that I have my health and my family have theirs. I love this holiday the most because I'm not a material person.
Before I became a nurse, I worked in retail and barely made ends meet. I had a rust-bucket car and lived in a cheap apartment. I am glad I don't have to worry about how to pay my bills anymore and I'm very lucky my schedule is so flexible, and I can work when I want.
There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for at this time of year. Giving back and caring are the two best ways to show our appreciation. Happy Thanksgiving!
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