I’m writing this on Tuesday evening. Today I found out that someone I went to high school with lost his battle with cancer. He left behind a beautiful wife and a toddler. Last year a young father in Tallahassee died in a car accident, leaving behind his pregnant wife and 2 daughters. In January 2008 my sorority sister, Susie, lost her battle with cancer as well. At the time of her death her daughter was 3 and her son was 5.
Death is something that is supposed to happen to the elderly. It’s something that should come as a kind of reward for putting in your time, working hard, watching the generations beneath you grow, and meeting your goals. When it happens to people my age or younger we pay attention. When it happens to people who have young children and are seemingly just building their lives we stop and take stock.
That is what I am doing in this post. I am so grateful for my life. I am grateful for my husband and daughters and the way that we take care of each other. I am so proud of what Mark has acheived in the years we’ve been together and that his accomplishments have allowed me the opportunity to stay home with our daughters. Not only have I been available to my girls but I have also learned to be available to myself. I’m not sure that this would have happened if I was still in the classroom teaching. I am grateful for writing and learning. I love that when I walk into Border’s and inhale the scent of the books something comes alive inside of me. I am thankful for my friends, the ones I’ve re-connected with, the ones I’ve always had, and the newest ones. I am grateful for the family I grew up with, my precious loving mother, hard-working and honest father, my organized and faith-filled oldest sister, and my caring, doting, and forgiving older sister. I have learned and am still learning so much from them. I am grateful for my spirituality. I am glad that I did my own searching and found God in my own way.
There is so much to be thankful for that this post could go on for days. I’m sure I will revisit gratitude in the future. What I know today is that life is precious. It is great to have dreams and fantasies about our futures. I definitely believe in putting in time planting those seeds. But like plants need water and sunlight, I think our dreams need to be nurtured with gratitude for what we already have. I believe that the more time we spend being grateful, the more things arrive for us to be grateful for.
What are you grateful for? If you have it, take the time to comment!