As most enter November and December with our minds on the holidays. We reflect on the year and consider our individual and collective blessings. For Fire Hero Families, the holidays don’t stop, but we try to reconcile our loss as the world around them shouts “joy,” “peace” and “love.” As with everything, the path varies for each individual. But to a person, despite overwhelming loss, there is, nonetheless, a sense of gratitude and blessing.
Tanisha Hall says that gratitude is one of the most essential components to receiving blessings and shifting our perspective on life. She challenges us intentionally write down/post what you are grateful for, no matter how big or small for the for the next 30 days including #30DaysofGratitude.
As you work through your grief and begin to resume your everyday life, the absurdity of the petty squabbling world around you becomes glaringly apparent. What is truly important becomes crystal clear. And that feeling stays with you as you continue your journey through grief, day by day, moving forward to new life, your first reason to be grateful.
Watch Juliann Ashcraft, wife of Granite Mountain Hotshot Andrew Ashcraft (2013-AZ), gave a beautiful talk about her family’s gratitude journey after Andrew’s death.