Happy Thursday! Last week was a really tough week, so this week’s “thankful thursday” has more to do with last week (and me looking back on it). When stressful times and loss happens, the people that step up and the things that happen can be so meaningful, and in that vain- here’s what I’m thankful for at the moment.

I’m thankful for FaceTime. I wrote an entire post on this earlier in the week, but I really am so thankful for the technology (and the person), that allowed me to “be present” at my grandpa’s funeral without actually being there.

I’m thankful for my sweet friend “L”. After my grandpa died, she called me and asked if I’d like to come visit her and spend the night on Friday night. She knows me well, and knew it would be good for me to get away. I headed to her place after work, and we went out to dinner, watched a movie, and the olympics Friday night. She sat with me while I watched the funeral on Saturday morning (after we went to a bakery for breakfast!), and spent the rest of the day hanging out. It was so good for me to just get away, not do any work, and care for myself.

I’m thankful for my coworkers. I love having co-workers and so many friends who are counselors. When the “tough things of life” happen, they know the “right” things to say (vs some of the ignorant but trying to be helpful statements that some can make). It’s been fantastic to have support! My boss let me leave a few hours early one of the days just to care for myself, and another day a co-worker took me to Starbucks! It was so thoughtful.

I’m thankful for lessons learned. Case in point: learning about the comparison trap through my POTS diagnosis. Lessons being learned aren’t so much fun in the moment, but can be so beneficial in the long run! I’m thankful for those lessons I’ve learned, whether they were easy or difficult to learn.

I’m thankful for my older younger brother. He’s been a huge support this last  week. We talked for over an hour, processing what we were going through with the loss of our grandpa, and what we were feeling. Conversations like these are painful (because it’s painful to confront and experience our tough emotions), but they are so good. There were definitely tears, but I ended it in laughter and a smile.

Now it’s your turn to share! What are you thankful for right now? Have you learned a good lesson that was difficult at the time, but beneficial now?