Abundant Gratitude via Hard Times

It’s all relative.

The scattered genius, Albert Einstein {who is believed to have had ADHD and learning disabilities}, said so himself. He was referring to reference points in space but it applies to everything in life really. Our opinion or definition of any one thing is different based on our frame of reference, our vantage point. To illustrate very simply: I personally think $10,000 is a heck of a lot of money. Someone who is wealthy might think it’s very little. I have real estate clients who are easily willing to risk that much and more. One man’s pocket change may be another’s pot of gold because it’s all relative.

Relativity has played an ever greater role in my psyche in the three years {today} since Luke was diagnosed with ADHD. I often find my inner voice reminding me that things could be worse. With the realization that Luke’s life {and my own life} could be harder comes a lot of gratitude. And it often comes in the littlest of packages.

This has been a really tough year for Luke and a really tough year to be his {adoring} mom. We discovered that he must adhere to a gluten-free diet. We have continued with failed medication trials, nearing the end of possibilities for effective medication. We battled with Luke’s public school for assistive technology and more classroom accommodations and lost. We put him in a private school, despite not having the tuition, and he was asked to leave within two months. We are suffering financial hardship with no end in sight. There’s a lot to worry about but I’m making a conscious effort to focus on the positive — for Luke and for our family.

I know all will turn out okay when
I see this amazing smile!

There is so much to be thankful for. I have a sweet and loving kid who is bright and full of kindness. He has an amazing heart and wonderful creativity. I find myself noticing all of his great qualities more  and more the harder everything else gets. It’s relativity, and I’m thankful for that too.

This Thanksgiving {and every day really}, be sure to let your child know how thankful you are to have them in your life and show your gratitude for their gifts. There’s no greater gift you can give them.

Feel free to share what you are grateful for right here in the comments. You could help someone else see something great in their child on a really tough day.

COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom.
A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom’s view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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COVER3D_400sq_bestsellAward-Winning Blogger. Freelance Writer. Author. Warrior Mom. A self-described “veteran” parent of a son with ADHD, Penny Williams is the author of the Amazon best-seller about her parenthood in the trenches, Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD. She is also the creator of the award-winning website, {a mom's view of ADHD}, a frequent contributor on parenting a child with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine and other parenting and special needs publications, and co-founder of the annual Happy Mama Conference & Retreat, a weekend away for moms of kids with neurobehavioral disorders. Look for her second book, What to Expect When You’re Not Expecting ADHD, in late 2014. Follow Penny at http://BoyWithoutInstructions.com.

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