It is said that, focusing on the good that we presently have, has a way of increasing our good.
Sometimes, good doesn’t look good until you look for the good.
A lot of good, cloaked as bad, has happened since Thanksgiving last year and Thanksgiving this year. I’d like to share it with you now:
- · My youngest nephew Brandon, age 11, experienced a burst appendix a couple months back. He had emergency surgery and was required to spend 10 days in the hospital to stabilize him. He returned home and, within one week, had returned to school. Within two weeks, he was well on his way to a complete recovery. During Brandon’s ordeal, I thought often of children in less, modern-medicine-rich countries, who may have simply died had they encountered the same situation. My heart broke for those kids. And I was thankful to be living in the United States of America.
- · My Uncle Ronald died on July 31. He was 78 years old. He’d gone a good, solid 12 rounds with pancreatic cancer. Throughout his entire harrowing journey, he was accompanied, loved, supported and surrounded by his wife, Barbara, family and friends, who imparted joy and fun to his life all along the way – right up to its futile conclusion. Best of all, at the end, Ronald died peacefully and in peace.
- · Last Thanksgiving 2011, I found myself in Allen, Texas, a small town about 25 miles north of Dallas. I’d gone there to rescue, rescuscitate and revive my older sister, who was decimated mentally and physically from lack of self-care in dealing with her brain disorder (aka mental illness). Following three, successive hospitalizations over two months, were 70, medically-related visits over the next four-and-a-half months’ time, in order to restore my sister to a stabilized state of health. Unlike countless others in this country living with brain disorders, my sister had fantastic medical insurance, which afforded her the best care, which ensured her recovery and the continuation of her life itself. Too many others are not as fortunate. I was thankful that my sister had medical insurance in the United States of America.
- · I have access to high-quality foods which sustain my health; I live in a comfortable, safe home and environment; I have two best friends and many people who care about me; I entered menopause this year and I was recently prescribed and started using bio-identical hormones, which I am convinced will keep me out of prison.
Only by virtue of the luck of the draw have I been granted citizenship of our great and beautiful nation. We live within a political system which allows its citizens to choose – non-violently – our president and others to represent our interests.
As we all know, it’s not a perfect system, but: On this day- right alongside the good, the bad and the ugly- I stand in profound gratitude for the simple fact that I was born in the United States of America.
Please, don’t let this day go by without reflecting on all the good you have in your life right now. It’ll enhance the positive feelings you already have about yourself and your life. Or, if you have no positive feelings, I guarantee you, after you compile a list of just three good things, you’ll discover, if only for a moment, that you are rich in ways you may never have imagined.