For Everything Thy Goodness Sends

It’s not often that I sit down and really think about what I’m thankful for.  It’s unfortunate (and probably quite common) that the event that sparked my thought was a sad one…

A few days ago, a good family friend lost his battle with cancer.  It was a quick and painful end to a life that touched so many.  During his funeral last week, I couldn’t help but think how thankful I am to have my health…after all, in the words of my late great-grandfather, “When you have your health, you have everything.”

As I sat listening to his two young daughters speak about this caring and thoughtful man, I felt something overcome me…a sense of comfort and belonging in my own close family.  I give thanks every year for being given the opportunity to know so many wonderful people in my lifetime, and to have been raised in a loving and supportive family system.

This year take time to give thanks for the little things, the big things, the painful ones and the joyous ones.  Give your Aunt Gretta an extra hug and go ahead and indulge in a piece of pecan pie.  Feel gratitude for the opportunity to be able to sit down with your loved ones and enjoy a warm meal.  Laugh.  Love.  Enjoy.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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