"You ask if I would agree to live my 70. or rather 73. years over again? To which I say Yea. I think with you that it is a good world on the whole, that it has been framed on a principle of benevolence . . . . I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern." Thomas Jefferson (letter to John Adams)
What a great sentiment to say that one would live over again all the years that have gone before. That takes a great deal of optimism and appreciation for life.
There have been times that I haven't wanted to live even a single moment over again. Yet, when the entire span of one's life is stretched out, I have a different picture.
I like to think of my life as a kaleidoscope in which there are many different pieces and parts. Taken separately, these multi-faceted fragments don't look like much. In fact, some are ugly and misshapen. But with a few twists and turns, a shake up or two, something beautiful emerges. And with each twist and turn, there may be a different view.
It's been like that with me. I've had twists and turns and am still spinning on some days. But all in all, I am thankful for all the things that I've experienced. And God willing, I'll be able to experience much more, adding more pieces to this kaleidoscope of life.
Today I'm grateful for:
- The opportunity to be of service to my fellows and God.
- Not worrying about what the future will bring but trusting that whatever there is, I'll be able to accept it.
- Feeling content with what I have in life
- Knowing that there are people who love and care about me
- Being able to love and care about others without holding them hostage