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Holidays & Blessings: Stop and Count Them


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As we enter into the full swing of holidays and leaving diabetes awareness month behind, I wanted to share one of my favorite holiday songs from one of my favorite holiday movies. White Christmas is one of those films that can only be defined as the most classic of classics. Of all the holiday movies, White Christmas, in my humble opinion, is a standout. Timeless. I still can't believe that just about everyone who has any sort of role in the film which was originally released in 1954, has passed on. To me, all of the stars remain ageless.

In the scene that I remember so well, it’s late at night and the characters—played by Rosemary Clooney (yes, a relative of George; his aunt) and Bing Crosby (who, by the way sang the melancholy song, "White Christmas" in three different films)—find themselves getting a late night snack. It’s here where one of the lesser known songs from the film—and my top tune—was sung.

"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep" is a lovely melody that reminds all of us that we have much more to be thankful for than we think we do. The lyrics advise that during bouts of insomnia, counting all the blessing in our lives is a good way to see its richness and makes us feel instantly grateful. Besides, counting blessings is much more meaningful than counting imaginary sheep. 

The best songs written are simple to understand and yet powerful enough to make us think. We move so fast in this world and we fret over everything and anything it seems.  Add to this mix, living in a world of diabetes and, well, it can get downright overwhelming.

When I am worried and cannot sleep,
I count my blessings instead of sheep.

Think about the many good things you have in your life. If diabetes is part of it, start with Insulin because if you were diagnosed just 95 years ago, your life expectancy would have been about three weeks without it.

As a dad to two children with type 1, believe me I get it. Life can be tough and I certainly don't mean to trivialize anyone's problems, and I also know that I have had my share of heartaches just like the next person. But I also know that I have incredible people in my life that I would have never met were it not for this disease. Incredible events. Incredible relatives, and an incredible family. I am thankful for each and every one of them.  I have often taken the time to actually stop and think about each one. Blessed indeed.

When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all.

Money is so often a concern, and I really relate to this line. When Kaitlyn was first diagnosed and Jill had to stop working, well how we made it through those times is almost a far-away dream now. But we did. We figured out ways to make it work. We laughed with our kids, we played games with them, and we did lots of things that didn't cost money—and our kids were none the wiser. So as you go through the times that are tough, remember what you DO HAVE and there is a great chance that it is right in front of you.

As the holidays come raging through your life;  stop.  Find a quiet place and realize that you DO have a lot. Recognize and realize the many good things in your life. Pleasetry this. It is a gift to yourself. If you can't find an opportunity during your hectic day, as you go to bed tonight, click here and take this song with you. Listen to the words and apply the practice to your own life. You, too, will fall asleep...counting your blessings instead of sheep. 

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