Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful

Since it is Thanksgiving week, I thought I would kick it off with a "thankful" post.

Today, I am thankful for being in possession of all five of my senses.

That may sound like a strange thing to be thankful for, but our office is right next to a Center for Blindness and about once a week I see a volunteer walking with someone that I can only assume is newly blind. The volunteers can often be seen at a crosswalk by my office teaching someone with a walking stick how to navigate the busy intersection.

I am so thankful not only that there is a center like this to help those people, but also, selfishly, that it is so close to my office and can give me a huge reality check on such frequent occasions. You have no idea how humbling it is to be in the car pouting over a bad day at work when one of these pairs walk by. Any concern of mine quickly dissipates and I find myself thinking only of the strength is must take for that person to get through their day. It gives me chills every time.

So, yes, it may be an odd thing to be thankful for, but sometimes the simplest things get overlooked. In our society of conspicuous consumption, it is very refreshing to spend a moment or two just being happy to be alive and have the ability to touch, taste, hear, smell, and SEE the world around us. It's easy to forget that there are so many out there living without those basic luxuries.

1 comment:

Tk said...

Very well said! Have a Happy Thanksgiving girl :)