In thinking about a post for this holiday week in both Christian and Jewish faiths, I kept returning to an aura of gratitude for the life I have been blessed with. Thanks for all that are part of my life for the role you have played in getting me to this point.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.
I think I learned
to appreciate and treasure each day,
because you don’t know
how many you’re going to be given.
US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Happy Holidays to All!