Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Good Things

 'Tis the season to make a laundry list of grateful things.  Much like a what I did last summer essay, an annotated list of gratitude is only meaningful to the list maker, while everybody else wishes for a swift and painless ending.  Somehow it doesn't seem right to itemize all the things I have and apportion my gratitude accordingly.  Instead I'll leave you with a simple wish for Thanksgiving:  I wish you all good things.  And these things don't have to be things at all.  Good things are as universal as love, happiness, acceptance, humor.  Good things are as simple as a smile, a hug, a sympathetic ear and a helping hand.  Good things don't have an expiration date, and you don't have to replace them over time.  Good things are self-sustaining.

May your life be filled with good things. 
May you wake up each morning and recognize the opportunity it brings.
May you never tire of finding good things in your life and then sharing it with others.
May you appreciate its simplicity and marvel at its power.
May you be comforted and sustained by the good you are given and the good you give to others.
May you lay down each night, not beating yourself up for what you didn't do,
but rejoicing in the fact that tomorrow brings a fresh opportunity.

There are times where it seems nearly impossible to find the good.
But it's always there.

I strongly believe our lives should be filled with good things.
I believe our lives are filled with good things.
And for that I'm grateful,
always and always and always.

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