Thank you all for the birthday wishes. You made my day very special_
Thank you all for the many birthday wishes. You made my day very special!
Hi Friends,

Seems October and my birthday month have passed and my attention is now falling on the upcoming holidays. I'm excited to have my family join us in our new home for Thanksgiving. Our youngest daughter, who lives far away, will be home for a nice long Christmas holiday this year. Lots to look forward to!

I know this time of year is stressful for many; too much to do and too little time to do it in, family members who are no longer around for the holidays and many more stress producing issues. Unfortunately, I don't have a magic wand to take away the stress, but can encourage you to break tasks down into small manageable bites, take time for yourself (no guilt allowed) and remember to breathe and laugh.

On Thanksgiving, as we say the blessing, I'll be thankful for each of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs, Cindy 
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"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for many reasons. The laughter of family and friends mingling with the aroma of turkey roasting in the oven; nothing makes me smile more. Thanksgiving doesn't seem to have been commercialized beyond recognition like so many holidays today. Softly wedged between the witches and pumpkins of Halloween and the wreaths and ornaments of Christmas, it is just a quiet, noncommercial presence that I hold dear.

I also love that it is a holiday dedicated to giving thanks. I know I'm guilty of getting caught up in the busyness of life and forgetting to pause and give thanks for the things in life that make me happy. I have read many studies and articles linking gratitude to improved health and optimism, plus I know that I feel great and my heart feels full when I stop and acknowledge the blessings in my life. It doesn't matter if it is a silent prayer of thanks, a list in a gratitude journal or a genuine "thank you" to a friend. All bring a warmth and contentment to me.

Some people might look at my life with chronic illness and assume that I don't have as much to be thankful for as the next person. Quite the contrary! >>continue reading

Books |What Cindy's Reading

Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them

by Randy Christensen, MD

This is an amazing story of a doctor who, as a young man, took on the task of running a mobile van to treat homeless kids. The sacrifices both he and his wife made to enable his dream to become a reality touched a very deep place in my heart. I was reminded once again of just how powerful one caring adult can be in the life of a child and the incredible capacity that some human beings have to help others. The book was challenging to read at times, as it was an honest look at the incredibly sad lives of young people who are homeless. I often found myself wanting to put down the book and rush out and help those in need. An inspiring story and one I'm glad I read.

Circling the Sun

by Paula McLain

I loved this book. Everyone who follows this column in my newsletter knows that I am a big fan of historical fiction, strong female characters, a bit of love and overcoming challenge.This book did not disappoint on any front. Each day I looked forward to picking up where I left off and finding out what would happen to the woman raised in Africa, who entered the male dominated fields of horse training and then flying. No spoilers here, but I will say this was one of my favorite books in recent years. I also enjoyed the authors first novel; A Paris Wife.

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"We can only be said to be alive in those
moments when our hearts are conscious
of our treasures."

~Thornton Wilder

ABOUT: Nationally recognized keynote speaker and resiliency educator Cindy Coney has assisted thousands in moving beyond "coping" with limitations to recapturing joy, balance and freedom through her speeches and pioneering educational training for patients and healthcare professionals. Diagnosed with lupus in 1980, Cindy has traveled the globe to share her story of thriving after a chronic diagnosis. Read more.