“Life is like a mirror. If you frown at it, it frowns back.
If you smile, it returns the greeting.”  William Thackeray

My life has been divided into two parts; Birth to Forty and Forty to Sixty Three plus. The first part had no gratitude at all. Now that doesn’t mean that I didn’t tell you I wasn’t grateful. I always said the right thing, but was always disappointed with whatever I had. I remember the late Tim Russert telling a story about his relationship with his Dad, whom he loved dearly.

His father was a blue collar worker who toiled very hard to support his family in Buffalo, NY. He knew that Tim wanted a new baseball glove more than anything. He wanted to make his son happy so he scrimped and saved and bought him a new baseball glove for his birthday. He gave it to him with the joy that only a parent can feel at that moment. He was promptly crushed as it was not the glove that Tim wanted. It was not until many years later, as a parent himself, did he experience the parental pain of a child’s disappointment and remember what had happened with his Dad. He told his Dad how sorry he was and their love for each other was strengthened.

Our attitude about receiving and getting is so important to our growth. I have learned in the Forty – Sixty Three phase of my life to truly feel my gratitude for the little things as they add up to a sonic boom. A car no longer drives me wild, but you taking the time to buy me something inexpensive yet filled with love, has me soaring with appreciation for the time and thought that went into the act.

My prayer for us all today is that we continue to grow in our recognition of what others do for us and what we are blessed with and integrate our appreciation into our attitude of gratitude.


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