I learned to appreciate and treasure each day,
because you don’t know how many you’re going to be given.
~US Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor
Quotography’s topic this week is so appropriate for Thanksgiving. It’s much more than just the day before Black Friday’s feeding frenzy. Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s been overlooked in today’s commercial rush to spend every dime you have on the December hoopla. Thanksgiving has become little more than the deep breath before the Christmas crazies begin.
It’s been tough this year all around in my life. That said, despite the emotional and financial turmoil, there are many things in my life I’m thankful for. And topping the list is family. We just don’t realize how important family is until they are no longer at our fingertips. Whether it’s physical or emotional separation, distance has a way of driving home just how much we crave close connections with those we deeply care for. Without our family, we seem to drift along in the ocean of life, tossed by the waves. Nothing is right. Everything is out of whack. After all, what good is fame and fortune if we can’t share it with those we love.
So, please take time this week to reflect on everything and everyone God has blessed you with in life. And thank Him. Treasure the good and, yes, the bad times with those you love, because someday they may not be there. Tomorrow is not an automatic given, or a right we are entitled to have. So many times we just assume people will be there when we finally decide we have time for them. All too often, by the time we get around to making a real effort, it’s too late. Someday, the sun will set, never to rise again. So stop wasting time!
Throughout history wise men and women have encouraged us to feel grateful for what we have.
Why? Very simply because gratitude makes us feel good. When you’re feeling grateful, your mind is clear,
and therefore you have access to your greatest wisdom and common sense.
You see the big picture.
~Richard Carlson, Ph.D.
Submitted for Quotography
May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving.