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By: Lisa Rosenthal on November 8th, 2013

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Gratitude Despite Infertility for a Friday Afternoon - Or Why Not?

Thanksgiving Gratitude, Despite Infertility

Less than two weeks until Thanksgiving and it turns out that like Christmas takes over December, November is now the month for thanks. Which is better than it all being about shopping, I guess. Please don't write to me about this. I know that December and Christmas are not all about shopping. Far from it. Just wish it was a little less about shopping, you know?


As far as November being about thanks and graditude, I can easily get on board with that, certainly one moment at a time.


There are many, many things I am grateful for in any given day. Yesterday, I saw the light hit the trees, breaking through the rain clouds at that exact moment where everything glows. Because I looked up and noticed it, I also saw a glorious rainbow. Rainbows happen to be some of my favorite things. Just love them. Every time.


It's easier to be grateful than to try to figure out why bad things happen to good people. Why do men and women who want so much to have babies have so much trouble? Why do some women who struggle through fertility treatment end up hyperstimulating and feeling so awful? The age old question, "why do 16-year-olds who don't want to become pregnant end up that way?"

Cultivating Gratitude: How Do We Respond?

Cultivating gratitude is a lot easier than answering those questions. Or any of the questions associated with them.


Is life inherently unfair and impossible to understand?


Is looking at things to be grateful for and seeing the good in everything possible?


Do those two questions negate each other?


It seems like most of us spend some time with each of those questions at some point or another. Me, I find that I vacilate between the two of them on any given day.


Gratitude: Louie Schwartzberg at TEDx San Francisco


I know that I'm starting late, but today, on November 8, a significant day for me, I choose to be grateful. In that mode, I'm sharing a talk and video by Louie Schwartzberg, Founder of Blacklight Films, from TEDx San Francisco that someone else shared on Facebook. It's long for a FB post, almost 10 minutes. It's also beautiful and uplifting and a great reminder that the littlest things in our days can shift and transform how we are feeling.



Happy day and happy weekend everyone. 


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About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.