The day is often clouded by events that occurred in the past on a certain date, like most people of my age I have many. Each day is a new day that has never happened before is the way I now think and I'm grateful for each day I can spend with my loved ones.
I think this quote is one that will mean different things to different people, Jon. It's one that we grab and try to apply it as we can. Sometimes even with those clouds from the past, we can be thankful that we survived to even see another day.
It happened to me recently when I realized it had been an entire year since I got up and walked away from a very unexpected cardiac arrest while I was still in the hospital recuperating from a heart attack. I don't like remembering that day and those that followed were less than wonderful but here I am a year later, maybe even happier than ever for every new day I find myself enjoying.
It's a lot like I've been given a whole new life. People talk a lot about blessings. Well . . . A New Life must be the greatest blessing of all, whether it's a newborn or a new life with an old heart that's much stronger than the old one ever was.
My biological father died at just 52 of a heart attack, the second within a week. All his male relatives died young from heart failure. For years, this worried me as I knew the chances of heart problems were high for me. Now having outlived them all by some 25 years I think I've inherited my mother's genes as she is now 85 and going strong.
I seem to do things that many men at 68 are no longer able to and am grateful for that.
People tell me to slow down, I ignore them and rejoice in what I can do tomorrow.
Thank you Jon.
I know what you mean about a new life Sharon. When my brother met his wife-to-be, they were both working in Havana Cuba.
She was the private secretary to the Canadian Ambassador (she was Canadian) and my brother was in the Navy serving as the cryptographer (encoder) for the American embassy. They lived in the same rooming house. She was recuperating from a fall down an empty elevator shaft (Three floors) and was told she would never walk again. Having that stubbornness and strength that so many Canadians have, she was walking within 18 months. My brother worked with her every day for hours at a time and she walked down the aisle for their wedding.... The Cuban people celebrated two birthdays for her from then on.......They went on to Washington, DC. Barcelona, Spain, San Diego and Honolulu to Idaho together for all the years he remained in the Navy. Sadly she passed from cancer six years ago but had a wonderful full life. She was a treasure for sure.
I was beginning to think the sun had left for a vacation elsewhere in the cosmos, after having not seen it for days and days. However, my concern was unfounded as it briefly
appeared for a short time yesterday afternoon. Taking advantage of this brief return I stepped into my garden to see how spring was progressing. All the weeds were doing just great! Then I remembered Sharon's painting last week and trotted off to look at my Cornus Kousa.
I planted it some six years ago and it had never flowered, I thought I may have bought a lemon and resolved to remove it should it not bloom this spring voicing this directly at the tree. To my delight, it is covered in hundreds of buds, It pays to talk to your plants even if you threaten them.
"...even if you threaten them." You always find some way to make me smile, Jon.
Good message with this quote, Sharon. It fits in with the Biblical passage to be thankful in all situations. I know from experience (don't we all) how difficult that can be, but looking for reasons to be positive every morning truly does start my day off right. Every day brings a new beginning.