IMG_7505Some of you may of you be familiar with the game K-F-M (, where one is given three hypothetical options and has to pick who among them they’d, respectively, kill, f*ck, and marry. Well, I have a new one that I feel I should share because it’s such a fun and easy way to practice gratitude. I privately call it The Anne Lamott Check-in, because it incorporates her theory that there are only three necessary prayers: Thanks, Help, and Wow.

So yesterday, my three were:

HELP me deal with some side effects of my new chemo regimen;

THANKS for my father getting through eye surgery without a hiccup, and for my husband getting home safely from his business trip; and

flowerWOW, watching my amazing daughter picking flowers on my parents’ property, surrounded by blue skies, lush greenery and a cool breeze.

And today mine are:

HELP me make some decisions about self care;

THANKS for the big reveal at the eye clinic confirming the smashing success of my dad’s surgery, and for the fact that I feel much better today; and

WOW, I can’t believe I made this kid, and look at this gorgeous day.falls

What say we start a new thing.

What are yours today? ‪#‎helpthankswow‬







2 Thoughts on “H-T-W.

  1. Roxanna Pullum on June 16, 2015 at 4:10 pm said:

    Help me start this as a new tradition w/ my children at dinner every night & may the tradition continue through many generations!
    Thanks for your blogs. When I started reading them a few years back my father was fighting stage 4 lung cancer and I again came back to your blogs recently when my sister passed away May 9th, she was a 10 year cancer survivor. Although their stories are different from yours your words give me a perspective I would never have otherwise seen. It’s hard for me to put into words but I thank you for knowledge, understanding, & for helping me open my eyes to things that I never truly contemplated.
    Wow its so amazing to me that someone you’ve never met can teach you so many life lessons & make you think differently about so many things!
    Praying for you & your family & sending you back all the positive energy you have given me!

  2. HELP all those who love you feel you today and experience warm healing in the days to come.

    THANKS for your life, Joanna.

    WOW this is a beautiful world despite, and because of, the pain.

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