Monday, November 22, 2010

47 years ago

I was only 9 years old, but my memories of the day President Kennedy was murdered are vivid. I found out at school (he was pronounced dead at 1pm) and my Mom picked up my sister and I at 3pm as usual. I sat in front of the television for hours and hours over the next several days.

I found the experience fascinating.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that my life has happened just the way it has

that I don't regret the past nor do I wish to shut the door on it

for the constant reminders of how my life could have ended up

that I do my very best to show respect to others in all aspects of my life

that this crazy Houston weather amuses me -- it's gonna be 80+ degrees today

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie


Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Love the quote, i relate to the fascination with those amazing and seemingly tragic historic events. It's amazing how quickly we can band together in the wake of tragedy isn't it?

We begin to bind together more rapidly when we are in a position of close reflection of life and death...


Grateful that you are here sharing the gratitude each day!

Mary Christine said...

I was not at all cognizant of it being Nov. 22 until I read your blog. It still makes me sad.

And I remember about 2 years ago when I came to visit you in Houston - I could not adjust to 80ยบ in November. I brought wool sweaters and all kinds of crazy stuff and roasted! It sure was a wonderful trip though. xoxoxo

Syd said...

Thanks for the reminder. I remember that terrible day well. So much has happened since then.

Mary Christine said...

P.S., I copy-catted you today.

Bruce said...

This quote is now on the wall in my office... and will be my status on facebook tomorrow.

Thanks dAAve!!