Why being thankful is beneficial

At the book signing for “If You Feel Too Much” by Jamie Tworkowski, there was a teen in front of me who took off her prosthetic leg and asked Jamie to sign it; while the faces in the room were of shock, Jamie kindly took the leg and signed it and got to know her a little bit better. She lost her leg when she was a baby and now has too many health problem to keep track and she gets bullied at school for the way she looks. She told her story and started to cry because Jamie looked at her with amazement and not with judgement or disgust. It made me thankful to have what I have. The little girl said she felt alone and isolated because of her disability, but Jamie told her she was never alone. It sounds cliche when adults tell kids and teens that “it could always be worse” or “there’s always something to be thankful for” , but tonight, that resonated with me. Everyone has baggage and obstacles in their lives but this little girl cannot take for granted everyday tasks that you and I might. She welcomes people with grace and wants to feel the same amount of love that she is ready to give. Everyone deserves to be loved. Everyone deserves to give and receive it with an open heart. Being thankful is not only counting your blessings, but it is not taking for granted grace and hope. She fights for friendships and the feeling of  acceptance. Thankfulness is a quality that you have teach yourself to have. It does not comes easy, and sometimes it takes seeing a little girl take off her prosthesis to understand the blessings that you do have, and how the love from Jamie or any person in her life, could change the way she sees the people in her world.

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