Gratitude Connects us in Marvelous Ways

by Jion Sommer. Nutritionist, Reiki Master & Meditation Teacher, Owner, Living Proof Naturally

At this time of Thanksgiving, I reflect on the many kindnesses and compassion I’ve been shown, as well as the blessings I’ve received from others.

I healed naturally from lupus and multiple sclerosis five years ago. During the 25 years that I was sick, I had many people come into my life in some capacity. They were part of hospice and palliative care, nurses, doctors, caregivers, advocates, etc.

They cared for me in different capacities, each of them giving me help, kindness, love and compassion.

Incredibly, many of them have re-emerged organically in my life as we’ve crossed paths again.

They’ve said to me:

“Oh my gosh, I didn’t know what happened to you!”

“I’ve never forgotten you!”

“I’ve shared your story.”

“I didn’t know if you were still alive!” “Wow!”

“You were so sick and dying — I can’t believe the person that I see standing here in front of me today!”

My journey of healing, finding my heart’s work to now teach and help others to heal has been built on each of these incredible beings.

As the Dalai Lama said: “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far reaching effects.”

It has been the joy of my life to cross paths again with these incredible beings and be able to say “thank you.” You dropped your pebble in my pond in the most beautiful way and had an incredible ripple effect in life!

I stand before you today because of you! I do the work I do today because of you! Thank you. These two small words can never fully express my gratitude as I hug each of them, as we cry tears of shock and joy, as they remind me how sick I was, as they look at me and can’t believe their eyes, as they learn about the work I now do and rejoice.

My wish for all of us at this time of Thanksgiving is to be grateful, say thank you and drop your pebble in someone’s pond. You never know whose life you’re going to change or even save.

May all Beings Benefit!