“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.
I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss,
or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself.”
~ Walter Anderson
Among all the different things people are grateful for, this year, for me, everything else falls away and the thing I’m most grateful for is life, itself, in all its fragility: the biggest joy, the biggest blessing. Life is the root of all things. It’s the prerequisite to all the good we do here. Raising kids, helping others, making the most of our talents and skills–life. That’s life. And while we give thanks for our many blessings, to me the best blessing of all is the ability to live this life, which for me has been full of surprises of all kinds.
Now that I’m older I’m more tuned in to what goes on around me and also to what’s most important. When I was younger, I seemed to be always waiting for my real life to begin. I was too young to see that I was living it the entire time. (The sages are right: youth may well be wasted on the young. )
So for me, this holiday, it’s life that I’ll give thanks for.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and loved ones. I hope you enjoy these few Thanksgiving thoughts to inspire you as you go about your day.
I think he meant “one chance at THIS life.” (grin)
Yes. Sometimes, you just want to say thank you.