If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it. ~~Lyndon B. Johnson
Before we’re swept away on the sea of family, football, and food that we face tomorrow, I want to share a few thoughts with you.
First, I’m grateful you found my blog & take the time to read it.
If you don’t visit, I wrote this for nobody.
So, Thank You.
Second, I’m grateful for the Bad Things that happened in my life. If those Bad Things had never happened, I probably wouldn’t appreciate as much…
I would be somewhere else right now.
I would have made different choices that led me away from all the miracles I’ve found.
Anyone who has survived Bad Things knows what I’m talking about.
Most of all, I’m thankful for all the amazing miracles in my life.
Being cancer-free for a year is amazing.
My beautiful granddaughters are genuine miracles.
And that’s just the highlights.
The magic of gratitude is that it lights a fire in you to express it. To show it.
Half the fun of gratitude is finding fun & fancy ways to show others how much we appreciate them…how much they mean to us.
However you spend this Thanksgiving Day, whether you celebrate it or not, may you encounter abundant gratitude.
27 Nov 2013 6 Comments
20 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
My own songs awakened from that hour,
And with them the key, the word up from the waves,
The word of the sweetest song and all songs,
That strong and delicious word which, creeping to my feet,
(Or like some old crone rocking the cradle, swathed in sweet
garments, bending aside)
The sea whispered me.
14 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
The following missive from our operative in Melrose was leaked to the public. We sincerely hope that this does not constitute a breach of procedure.
Perhaps it will serve as a lesson for other agents…
My baby brother (well, he’s 46), I’ll call him “Homefry,” has been battling a cancer similar to one which took the life of our father at Christmas in 2000. Homefry’s wife, I’ll call her “Sugar,” has been by his side through it all…and it has been a Rocky Road, for sure.
Homefry had his first surgery in September 2012 to remove tumors from multiple places. He’s had follow-up treatments regularly since then. He was a source of strength to me when I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in October 2012 & then had surgery of my own.
And then, Homefry needed more surgery…which was scheduled for yesterday, Friday the 13th.
I received a call from my sister-in-law in the early afternoon, informing me that all is well post-surgery. She mentioned needing to call other family members…so I offered to do that for her. She seemed relieved.
At the end of the day, she called me again to let me know that my brother was doing well & that the doctors were impressed with how well he is doing.
We chatted about how difficult things have been for her during Homefry’s illness, treatment, recovery, etc. We chatted about their God-daughter, who is the same age as my Granddaughter, and all the fun of toddlers. We chatted about middle age and menopause and our aging parents.
Sugar is an Angel. She arrived in Homefry’s life at a time when he was rebuilding it. She has been by his side, through thick and thin, like no one has ever been for him in his life. I told her so. It is the Love they share with each other, and with their community (church, friends, family, neighborhood…) that makes miracles happen. And so it did.
They have the prayers & thoughts of dozens, even hundreds of people whose lives they touch, around the world, supporting them in their time of need. The way they lend their Love & support to others returns to them.
I hereby bear witness to the Truth of this Web of Compassionate Acts.