Wednesday, September 19, 2012
LIVING LIFE AS A THANK YOU
We all know what it's like to not have the work we've put into something go unappreciated. Though you might not do something for the praise of even the acknowledgement, it is still such a great feeling to have someone say through words or deed "Thank You."
As I was thinking about this issue of Conversations Magazine I couldn't help but think of all of the reasons we all have to be grateful for the gift that is life. That doesn't mean that everything is perfect in our world, but it does mean that we acknowledge just being here is a gift.
I recently finished a book called LIVING LIFE AS A THANK YOU by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons. It had this important message included in it: "Whatever is given — even a difficult and challenging moment — is a gift. Living as if each day is a thank-you can help transform fear into courage, anger into forgiveness, isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Saying thank-you every day inspires feelings of love, compassion, and hope."
This reminds me that not a day should go by without letting it be known that I am thankful for the opportunity to do something amazing each and every day. That is really the theme of this issue as we are celebrating the gift that is life. I have compiled an amazing array of individuals who are showing through the way they approach each day and the gifts they have that they truly appreciate the opportunity they have been given. As you will see, it doesn't mean that every day is easy or has the best results. It does mean, however, that their attitude towards life is that come what may they are going to do the best they can with what they have.
What about you? Have you been able to look beyond what you think you don't have and show appreciation for what has been given to you? When you wake up in the morning do you say "Thank You" for another day by the way you use it? This is the challenge all of us have as we maneuver through the world. It's not about always getting the best. The important thing is for you to bring your best to each and every situation.
Have a story you want to share with our readers? As always I would love to hear from you. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Living Life as a Thank You" in the subject line.
Until next time, happy reading!
Cyrus Webb, Editor-In-Chief