Being Thankful

203445-Happy-Thursday-Good-Morning-ButterflyGood morning Y’all! Today I am not giving thanks just because it is “Thanksgiving”, I am giving thanks because there are so many things and people I am thankful for everyday of my life. Like I said yesterday, I do not need a designated day that some countries only acknowledge thanks once a year for, I am thankful everyday for my life. I do understand that there are actually many countries that do not celebrate Thanksgiving and I do appreciate that, but they love their family just as much if not more than we do here in the United States.

This morning I was very curious on how Thanksgiving really started and what I read and watched was a bit disturbing. There were numerous Native Americans asked how they feel about Thanksgiving and their responses were upsetting because I never realized how cruel things were back when this holiday was introduced. I am going to attached the article I read online and y’all view more than what I talk about, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/thanksgiving-2017-native-americans-videos-what-do-they-think-racism-columbus-redskins-a8070611.html . Many of the Native Americans that were asked about Thanksgiving believe it was simply a massacre. Puritans came and slaughtered millions of Native Americans, stole their traditional land and damned their rivers. Many believed that Christopher Columbus was the first terrorist in America. These people believe that now Thanksgiving is just a reason to have family together and over eat. Of course then after a massive meal, everyone wants to start shopping and spending insane amounts of money for Christmas gifts. Anyone that lives in the United States knows that the stores will be exceedingly busy from now until January with a tremendous amount of consumerism. I mean for God’s sakes there are stores that are opening in the early afternoon of Thanksgiving Day with  early bird savings. What happened to enjoying time with loved ones? I do not mean to sound so negative about a holiday that is meant to be surrounded by family, but it is quite upsetting to think about how this “holiday” really started in 1619.

I am eternally thankful for my family that is still here with us and those that have passedhappy thanksgiving in heaven on. I was truly blessed to have had my wonderful Grandfather in my life and my husband’s amazing Grandparents for so many years! My Grandfather and my husband’s Grandparents made such a positive impact on my life! They were by all means the most loving, accepting, compassionate and all around truly amazing people who ever walked the face of this earth. It makes me sad that they are no longer with us in the physical sense, but they will always be a strong part of our heart!

After reading the article and watching the videos that I shared with you, I really do not know how I feel about Thanksgiving. I do not like to hear of anyone being mistreated because I feel like anyone and everyone must be treated with love and respect. Let me ask you, how do you feel about Thanksgiving and how do you celebrate it? I will love my family daily until my last breath and I will always enjoy any precious time I am able to spend with them! My heart breaks to know that even almost 400 years ago there were so many people being treated unfairly and it still goes on today in 2017. It makes me sad to know there are so many people who are not fortunate enough to have food on the table but then there are so many others that will spend a small fortune on shopping. What would happen if all those that spend so much money shopping the “greatest deals” around the holidays, would spend even a fraction of that to that to help those in need?

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts for the day. Again, I was not meaning to be negative I just like to know as much as I can about our holidays and what we are celebrating for. I truly hope that you enjoy whatever you are doing on this beautiful day! Please leave any comments you have for what I have written today and I will respond as quickly as I can. No matter what the day is, please enjoy your life as much as you possibly can and never forget to share love with those you hold dear before you miss that opportunity!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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About Positively Alyssa

I was diagnosed 16 years ago, when I was only 19 years old, with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. I had gone to my eye doctor because I had lost vision in my left eye. Prior to my appointment, I had prepared myself to have the doctor confirm that I would be blind in my left eye and that was all. Never in a million years did I expect to hear the doctor tell me that after consulting with his colleagues, that I need to go for an MRI that day because they were thinking that with my symptoms that I had MS. Just a couple hours later I went to get the life altering MRI. I remember that phone call like it was yesterday. My eye doctor called me from his home at 9:30 at night to confirm what they suspected, I in fact had MS. He immediately referred me to a specialist he knew and I was able to get in to see him that same week. Luckily, after a round of steroids, my vision came back in my eye just leaving me with leg pain that would continue to be part of my life. Through the years I have tried numerous different medications that are meant to slow the progression of the disease down. I was never good at the injections and it wasn't because of the needle, it was because the medication burned like fire going in. Still after all these years I still go through my battles of denial, anger, frustration and sadness. However, I have always said that I would NEVER allow MS to control my life but I would control the disease. For the most part, I have been pretty successful with that. I mean we all have our bad days but it doesn't make the situation any better. With this blog I am hoping that with my experiences, endless amounts of research and a powerful fight i me that I can not only help others going through this but that I can learn from others as well. Living with the ups and downs of MS can be challenging but the power of the mind can beat anything that is thrown our way!
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24 Responses to Being Thankful

  1. We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in the U.K. but I used to when I lived in Canada as a child – I mainly remember the food! But I completely agree that we should be thankful everyday for all the special people in our lives not just on one special day when historically the events that lead to it hurt so many. Wishing you all the best xx

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    • I never realized how many people were hurt or killed back then. It was really shocking to me and I assume not many other knew that either. All people think about is the food and probably football. It is crazy! I hope you have a lovely restful day!!!

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  2. I’m pleased you have looked further into the history of thanksgiving, I knew it was not good reading Alyssa . I hope you have had a lovely restful day 🌹

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  3. We don’t do Thanksgiving in Australia, but we have a similar issue with one of our holidays, Australia Day. It’s the day the first fleet arrived, and it’s known as ‘Invasion Day’ to many indigenous people. I feel very uncomfortable celebrating it. There’s an increased push to change the date of our national holiday to something more inclusive (e.g., the day we officially became a unified country rather than just a prison outpost), but a good potion of Australians are against that, which is sad to see.

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  4. I’ve never been a fan of Thanksgiving. The history behind it makes it even worse but I do spend time with my family. Not a big Black Friday fan either. I never have money at that the time, plus it’s just too crazy & hectic. People are nuts! I worked at Walmart for three years and worked every Black Friday. JEEEESUS

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    • I am glad I am not the only one that has not been a fan of Thanksgiving. It was only recent I found out how violent it started and that just is not something I can celebrate. I will of course spend time with family but today my husband and I stayed home and I made lasagna, That is really the only thing I am good at making! We will be going to my in-laws tomorrow but not for a big dinner. I have never and never will go out on Black Friday. I do not like crowds and people from what I have heard are pushy! I worked at Walmart all through high school and it was always crazy. Of course I was always the one to do layaway before Christmas and the Service Desk after Christmas, I was fast and liked to stay busy. But all other times I was a cashier.

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  5. Joyce Bowen says:

    A little-known story about our Puritanical history is that Puritans viewed Indians as a lost tribe of Israel–therefore the connotation “Tribe.” Puritans persecuted the Indians as Jews.

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