TGIF - Or TGIT. Or Infertile and Still Grateful?
TGIF - Infertility and Gratitude
TGIF. Thank God it’s Friday. Watching TV last night, it was TGIT. Thank God it’s Thursday.
I kind of love it. Of course it can be teased out to TGIW, TGIT. Thank God it’s Wednesday. Thank God it’s Tuesday.
Anyone want to go for Thank God it’s Monday. LOL.
I actually do love Mondays. A bright, fresh beginning to the week, where anything and everything is possible. Lists are brand new and not overwhelming. Intentions are set and feel inspiring not plodding.
There are all sorts of days like that with understanding infertility too, right?
Some days feel like it’s all going right. Some days it feels like a perfect storm. And everything in between.
What if we had a TGIT, TGIT, TGIW, TGIT, TGIF, TGIS, TGIS2? It’s a revolutionary concept! Let’s face it; it’s all ready hit network television. It’s not a revolutionary concept. It’s not even a new concept. It’s just a really difficult concept in the middle of a tornado.
Yet another metaphor for infertility. Tornado.
Let’s get back to TGIT. What do I love about Thursdays? What specifically did I love about yesterday?
A Gratitude List and A Request
Here’s my short list.
- I woke up. If the Dalai Lama can appreciate it, so can I.
- It was a glorious day, cool and sweet at the same time.
- I was with my family.
- It was my sister’s birthday.
- There were berries for breakfast.
- There was chai tea in the cupboard.
- There was a hike in the woods.
- I heard about my mother giving birth 55 years ago, no medication or epidural. Go mom!
- My dog isn’t sick anymore.
- I heard from a lot of you lovelies out there, sending me love. So appreciated. Oh, so very appreciated. My Jen and Jenn, special call out to you both.
There it is folks. My gratitude list for yesterday.
Wonder what I will put on my list for today?
I think I will start with writing to you. One of my joys every day.
Thank you for reading.
Could you do something for me today please?
Could you send me just one thing that you are grateful for?
If you cannot think of anything, please know that’s ok. In the midst of huge pain and sorrow, fear and anger, sometimes gratitude is elusive, twisting away just as your reach for it. I know that. I know that in the midst of trying so hard for our babies that it can feel almost impossible to hold onto hope. I promise that I will find an extra thing to feel grateful for today, for all of you out there who can’t. Let me know that too.
Use this email address, knowing that it’s secure. Comes only to me. Won’t be shared with anyone else: FertileYoga@gmail.com
I could use a little inspiration today. Still, I have a little inspiration to share too. If you can’t reach across the span and find gratitude, email me. I’ll put something extra on my list for you.
Don’t just think about it. Email me.
Have a lovely TGIF. And so on.
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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.