Sunday, October 26, 2008

gratitude

I've been thinking a lot about being grateful for what I have and the good things that have happened in my life instead of the things I don't have and the bad things. I used to define myself more by my "dramas" than anything else until I realized how whiny and ungrateful I sounded. I know I still get stuck in that sometimes, but I really want to stop. I want to be thankful. I want to be positive.

Today I learned my friend and neighbor behind me gave birth to her twins this week. She was only 26 weeks along. Both of them are in NICU and struggling, as to be expected. My friend can't even hold them and I can't imagine the pain and fear she is feeling. Things like that always make me stop and take a look at myself and my own life.

I'm just thinking that every day with the ones we love is a gift. Every moment. Because it can all end so quickly. And rather than dwelling on the the bad when and if the good times do end, perhaps we should all be more focused on finding the good, enjoying them while we have them, and being grateful afterward.

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