“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Sometimes you live in the sunshine. While I was in California the weather was great. I was with my parents and there were no problems at home. Life was good. As a matter of fact I’ve had a spell of smooth sailing for a while. No major problems, crisis or catastrophes. A funny thing that happens is that you begin to think this is how life is-no problems. I remember this episode of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood where the puppets sang “There’s never any trouble here in bubble land, bubble land…” Yep I was living in bubble land.
Kelly loves the bird of paradise flowers and being in San Diego I decided to bring one home for her. She was going to pick me up at the airport. Little did I know what a conversation starter that pretty flower would be. I found myself talking to a lady from San Diego as we waited for our plane. She was headed to St. Louis because her 11 year old granddaughter had just regained consciousness from a coma that she had been in since October. The little girl had been crossing the street with a friend. Her bike fell over and she bent down to pick it up. The light changed to green and a car driver didn’t look to see if she had exited the street and hit her. At this point they realize she will never be the same and they are hoping she can gain back enough to at least live independently. That flower allowed me to meet another lady as we boarded. She was headed to see her brother who had been sick and was in the hospital. They were not living in bubble land.
The thing about the challenging times in life is that they help you to appreciate the good times. When you make it through a time of just hanging on, surviving, you are so grateful. You also appreciate your bubble time more. Sometimes we have sunshine, some times rain. My friend Carol just had a great racing season. It seemed like every time she raced she was successful; however recently she had a not so good race and has some injury problems. That’s what made her racing season great-it was special. If you had sunshine and life was good every day would you appreciate it as much? Would it be special? I have had times where life has been tough and I have been so close to God. On the other hand when life is good I sometimes am neglectful, and I start to take it for granted. Today I’m going to count my blessings and thank God for them. What do you have to be thankful for?