7 Things to Be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

smiling woman in front of a vibrant blue body of water with her seeing eye dog

Credit: Elisha Knight

Happy Thanksgiving, 2019! It can be too easy to get down in the dumps this time of year. There’s so much going on, so much to do, troubles in the world, troubles on the news, flight delays, stressful family get-togethers, you name it. I was about to crawl down that dark hole but stopped at the edge to think twice. I have a lot to be thankful for. Easterseals is providing this short work week in our calendar and encouraging us to take time to catch up with family and friends during the holiday, and I am very grateful for that. I am also grateful for the many years I’ve had the privilege of moderating the Easterseals blog, and especially grateful to all of you who continue to subscribe, read, comment and share our posts.

In honor of all that goodness, today I am linking to previously-published posts of thanks. We’ve published many, many posts expressing gratitude since our blog started a dozen-plus years ago, but these seven came to mind right away. So here they are, in no particular order:

    1. Steve Jobs for emphasizing technology for “the rest of us” and making the iPhone so accessible for people with disabilities
    2. George H. W Bush for signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law
    3. Members of the U.S. military, veterans, and their families for their continued service
    4. My Seeing Eye dog and service dog instructors who train them for people with disabilities
    5. Companies that offer free or reduced rides to polling places for people with disabilities
    6. Caregivers who provide care to the millions of Americans who need them
    7. Little kids who ask such great questions about disability during my visits to their elementary school classrooms.


And those are just the first seven that came to mind! Consider coming up with your own seven things to be grateful for: you’ll end up with even more to celebrate this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!


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