A Heart Full of Gratitude for Hardship, Hope & Health
Written by Robyn O’Brien
Who really wants to have to a child with life-threatening food allergies? Or watch one of her children temporarily lose his ability to walk? And what about families who have a child with autism, cancer or diabetes? Did they really say “Sign me up!”?
Not at all.
Yet reality has thrown our family and countless others life-changing curve balls that knocked us to the ground when the health of our children came under attack. And we had two choices: to either lay there or to get up.
And as we got up, we took a stand, and now so many of us realize that these curve balls were blessings in disguise, waking us up to the realities of our food supply. And while the wisdom has been hard-earned, heart-achingly so at times, we have learned that the knowledge is a gift, because it helps you to protect the health of those that you love.
With 1 in 3 children in the United States now dealing with allergies, autism, ADHD or asthma, our family isn’t alone. This generation of children is not healthy. Any parent can tell you that. With obesity, diabetes and other conditions impacting our families, parents are on the frontlines, fighting to defend the health of our children who have earned the title of “Generation Rx”. And we’re doing everything that we can to make things better.
And while none of us can do everything, all of us can do something. And that ‘something’ will obviously differ from home to home and family to family. But the inspiring part is that we’re getting down to the business of making things right, of reducing our children’s exposure to chemicals in our food supply and environments, in the hopes that exercising precaution will help prevent disease down the road.
And as we head into Thanksgiving, I find myself flooded with gratitude for those that are working so tirelessly to restore the health of our children. Their work is heroic. Their efforts will have lasting impact. Because, though we may forget it at times when sitting in countless carpool lines or on the sidelines of soccer fields or at a desk at work, the truth is that the children are our future. 100 percent of it.
So this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for those defending the health of our children. For those defending it as if the future of our country depends on it. Because…it does.
With a heart full of gratitude for:
http://www.fearlessrev0lution.com on Twitter @fearlessforce
http://www.ewg.org on Twitter @ewgtoxics
http://www.healthychild.org on Twitter @healthy_child
http://www.thefamilydinnerbook.com on Twitter @familydinner
http://www.chefann.com on Twitter @chefannc
http://robertkennerfilms.com on Twitter @robertkenner
http://www.jamieoliver.com on Twitter @jamieoliver
http://www.justlabelit.org on Twitter @justlabelit.org
And the countless other organizations, companies, individuals and friends working to restore the health of our children. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~Anatole France