“I am grateful to be alive today. It is my joy and pleasure to live another wonderful day.” This written by Louise L. Hay who is a bestselling author, speaker and inspirational teacher, whose healing techniques, affirmations and positive thinking inspires millions of her readers.
I knew someone who was quite sick and she was in the hospital for many weeks. In those days of about 1984, if you had good health insurance, you were allowed to stay in the hospital for as long as the doctors thought it beneficial and necessary. She was in Johns Hopkins Hospital and she received excellent care. One day, the doctors came to her family and said that she was quite sick and they were wondering if she would want to live at the end and did she want to have continued care if they thought it not advantageous. Her family was told they were to ask her. Her daughter said she could not bear to ask that question of her mother; her son said he would do it. He did and she informed him she wanted to stay alive. I believe in those days, people did not have legal papers stating their individual wishes. Now they do. So her wish was granted and she stayed there in the hospital for fourteen weeks with the excellent care. At the end of that time, the family was informed, that she would have to be moved soon to a nursing facility. While they were investigating nursing homes, she passed away peacefully and no decision to move her to the next place had to be honored.
She wanted to live and they gave her that final wish. It was easier than deciding her fate on their own.
We all want to have happy days, great events, and peaceful hours and sometimes delightful surprises and we would like this to be present at the present time. The present time is now and now is the moment we live in.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot by a madman two years ago. On November eighth, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for her shooting, many others were shot too and many deaths. She came to his sentencing day and her husband, a former astronaut spoke her words to him and he did not look them in the eyes. He spoke how this single man changed the lives of about twenty some people and they would never be the same again. He took away their futures of these people and killed the others and disabled Gabrielle and she has a paralyzed arm. He did not take away her spirit and desire to live and she will excel again in whatever she tries to accomplish. It has been a long and hard twenty-four months, but she with her determined will to live, lives on and hopefully, she will progress even more every day. Her husband spoke these words:
“You may have put a bullet through her head; you haven’t put a dent in her spirit.”
As the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches us in less than two weeks, let us all be grateful for all of the days ahead of us and also for the good days that were there before.
It is said “a leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This can be said about each of us. We do it our self each day, as we go about our business of living, working, loving and everything else we do.
It is my joy and your joy and pleasure too, to live another wonderful day (even if it is not that great sometimes) and to be here to celebrate all of our desires, accomplishments and hopes, as the wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving is upon us. It is not a religious holiday and all religions can participate in the meaning of the day and all the coming days of the December holidays.
Try to live all of our days and feel pleasure you deserve and be grateful for all you have.
The turkey is the only one who should not be happy on Thanksgiving; all of us will be feeling fine and exhilarated as this wonderful five weeks starting with Thanksgiving comes to us. Let nothing put a dent in our spirit.