I am writing this on the last day of November, 2022. Snow flurries fell for quite a while yesterday and it began to feel like Christmas was upon us.
I woke to 9 degrees outside. But was grateful for no wind, and heat in my home.
I have been thinking a lot about numbers lately. I watch the numbers on my fitness watch to make sure I am getting the activity needed. My age has become a large number. For someone who didn’t really think she would live past 30, I have hit a big number, LIV.
I have been together with my husband for almost 20 years now. Just saying that takes my breath away.
There is no one on earth who knows me better and loves me for better and for worse.
I think about many who have gone before me like my dad who passed away at the age of 59. And I think that number isn’t very big at all. I guess numbers don’t matter it’s what you do with them.
I was up in the night thinking of regrets in my life, ways I have hurt others. I stopped myself.
There was no point in continuing down that path because all I have is today.
It’s a continual battle. How and where is my focus?
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
So today I am planning on completing my work, reading, working out, taking care of chores and responsibilities and finding to time to be grateful.
There are a few things out of my control, one of them is my past. Another is the awful evils that go on in this world. I want to help. But often there isn’t much I can do. I don’t understand all the suffering that many must endure, particularly children in painful abusive situations. I pray for them and thank God for the life I have.
As we are now in the midst of the holiday season - Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, I think about how many of my struggles are “first world problems.” I think of Iranian children shot because of removing a headscarf.
And I am grateful we have freedom of religion here. We all don’t agree on what that means, but if there was one totalitarian religion, one ruler on how we were to dress or speak in our country, or one order of government, we could easily be that nation under that strict law.
I am grateful for that freedom provided to me by living in the USA. I am grateful for the veterans and the active duty military that protect our rights to think differently and express ourselves uniquely.
Throughout our history, we get it right sometimes and sometimes the pendulum swings too far to one side or the other but for the most part, I think most of us want the same thing - safety for our family, money to take care of our bills with enough to enjoy a little extra, hope for a better future for our children.
Whenever you read this, can you say a little prayer for those without this season.
The Band Aid song comes to mind - Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?
“But say a prayer, Pray for the other ones
At Christmas time it’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window
And it’s a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing
Is the bitter sting of tears.”
So today I am grateful for every teacher, coach, parent, adult that gives that extra time or help to a child. As Dr. Seuss says, “To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.“
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