I have notice I have a tendency to focus on the negative while ignoring the positives in my life.
I am sure I am not the only one who ignores the positive to focus on the negative. It seems many of us who live with trauma maintain our focus on negative beliefs and feelings. We tend to look at the “what’s not going right” instead of “what is going right” in our lives. We are quick to declare our treatment and recovery process too slow or not working at all. When in reality, many things are going right for us. So during Thanksgiving day week, I set out to post on Facebook, three times a day, to share what I am thankful for. It was an enjoyable experience to spend the last few days thinking of the positive things in my life. So here is a list of some of the things I am thankful for.
Things I am thankful for:
- I am grateful for Mr. Robinson a teacher who always told me “Kevin, I expect great things from you.” I’ve strived to not let him down
- I am thankful for U.S. Army Chaplain Jim King, who was a great mentor and an outstanding pastor. He helped shape me as a Chaplain.
- I am thankful for Therapist Dr. Carrin Harper who literally kept me alive and would not let me give into my suicidal ideations.
- I am thankful for the LA Baptist Rescue Mission. I was able to preach every Saturday during my first year of Bible college in 1986.
- I am thankful for all the Godly men and women who invested their lives into our lives so we could spend our life in Christian ministry.
- I am thankful for those who developed Cognitive Processing Therapy and for those who took me through the painful process.
- I am thankful for Candice, Samantha, and Jacob, our young adult children who still want to spend time with us.
- I am thankful for the Pastor and the congregation of Oswego Baptist Church for sponsoring my ordination in 1986.
- I am thankful for “Train a Dog, Save a Warrior” for providing training and certification of my service dog Delrin.
- I am thankful for my beautiful bride Elizabeth who has stood by my side in the darkest moments of my life. Love you, Honey!
- I am thankful that I had the honor of serving in the United States Army for 21-years.
- I am thankful for LTG Funk for giving me the freedom to minister to his Troopers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom 06-08.
- I am thankful for my Cardiologist in Danville, NJ for discovering my heart anomaly and for the surgeon in Morristown, NJ who corrected the problem with open heart surgery in 2010.
- I am thankful for the Wounded Warrior Program and the leaders of the Male Odyssey retreat who helped me realize I am not “unfit” to live my life.
- I am thankful for Paster Jared at First Baptist Church New Braunfels for letting me lead a small group Bible study.
- I am thankful for the great memories we have as a family while we enjoyed family vacations together.
This is by no means even close to a complete list, but it is a good start. Why not start your own list? You can start by sharing in the comments below what you are thankful for.