How does time fly by so quickly? Seemingly overnight we went from brilliant autumn color to 50 shades of gray – and for those gutter-dusting minds, no, not “those” shades of gray. Cold and windy days have stripped our senses of the season’s colors. All of a sudden – poof – the magic of autumn is gone.
But much like the wind and the rain on a cool autumn day life’s landscape can also change in the blink of an eye. As we realign our visions to crisp wintery views, sometimes we must also reawaken our hearts and minds to the blessings that grace our lives every day. There may be people and places and things that I miss ever so much, but even through loss, there is a great rush of hope that better days are ahead.
Sometimes, it isn’t all that easy though, is it? The distance between days of wine and roses, or sunshine and lollipops is about as predictable as winning the lottery. But age and wisdom are the warm cozy blankets that allow the sun to shine during thunderstorms. It is all about perspective, my friends, and a personal journey that only we alone can cultivate.
Every night before I sleep, I give thanks to my maker for indulging me in the rollercoaster antics of my day. I ask for peace and love to adorn my family, my friends, and all of humanity – to keep them safe from fear, and pain, and hatred. I am quick to acknowledge that if it is my time to leave, I am ready to succumb to the will of the world, and I praise the countless gifts I have been given along the way.
Sounds peaceful and serene, doesn’t it? It does make me smile because in the morning when I awake, while I give thanks for another day I crazily lament, “You seriously want me to do this all again? Fine. Whatever.” Then the smile explodes into a belly laugh.
So, on this Thanksgiving Day, take a moment – a single, solitary moment – to treasure exactly how lucky you are. Life is the purest of miracles. We, alone, make it good or bad, happy or sad. Oh, and that second, or third, piece of pie you are considering? Just eat it and enjoy. Who’s going to know? I’ll never tell. Ah, but that is fodder for yet another rant.
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