We don't often get really good pictures of Jo Jo. She is the mistress of closing her eyes, moving and just plain leaving! She also likes to run and hide under the bed when she sees Mom walking around with her phone. But she knows about Gratitude.
In life, there is always something to be grateful for. Over the last 4 years Jo Jo's life has been tumultuous. She could complain about how chaotic the world is and how people have moved her from here to there, but she says complaining without action doesn’t change anything. She says that we should be thankful for everything we have, instead of what we do not have, we will to appreciate our life here more.
Simple things, like being able to go outside, good food and warm beds–these are given to us freely. Sometimes it’s just a matter of how we view them. We may hate the snow, but guess what, we can go outside and we can come back in. We may not like Friskies wet food, but guess what, we have food. We may not like how much Mom thrashes around in bed, but we can go and sleep with Alex, or on the sofa or in a dog or cat bed.
Even with the the disruptions, and the pain we have gone through these last years, they can be a blessing too! These things teach us what really matters most in life. This encourages us to be the best version of ourselves.