By: Marcia King-Gamble
Ages ago I attended a conference where the keynote speaker asked the audience to write down three things in their lives they were grateful for. The attendees scribbled away, and at the end, the presenter asked a few select people to share what they had written. Many listed families, jobs, and financial stability. He listened, smiled and then said, “If you haven’t listed your health then you have nothing.”
Throughout my life those words stuck with me. Recently, I lost friends in their prime, two to cancer, and one through an unfortunate mishap. He went into the hospital for something minor and never came home. My male friend who lost the battle to cancer was funny and optimistic. He never told anyone of his diagnosis. I learned of it after he’d passed away. My female friend was an old housemate, vivacious, funny, with a memorable laugh. She left behind two smart, well brought up young men.
Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to say thanks and express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. The journey, while often unpredictable, and sometimes not fun, teaches you resilience and strength. It reminds you to be grateful for what you have. Without good health you are nothing. I would not be able to juggle a day job and still write. I would not be able to care for animals and meet friends for the occasional bite. I couldn’t exercise, and that is something that has helped keep my sanity even through very trying times.
In the last few years, as our economy struggles to rebound, friends have lost homes and jobs. If you are one of the fortunate ones, be grateful that you have survived those challenging times.
This month, His Golden Heart, my re-release is the perfect reminder of the power of positive thinking and how the mind works.
Beaumont Hill is a champion skier slated to win gold at the Olympics. During a downhill race, tragedy strikes and he ends up paralyzed. Shayna DaCosta; a former Olympic hopeful, is charged with putting him back together, body, mind and soul. Shayna believes that a positive outlook makes the impossible possible.
As you sit around your table giving thanks, be grateful for what life has served you. Not everyone is well enough to have friends and family at their table. Many aren’t even in a position to eat. Take that good fortune and pay it forward. Your generosity will come back to you in the most unexpected way. Some call it karma. I call it your just rewards.
Eat, drink, and give thanks, but don't forget your fellow man.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving all!