I know many of my friends are doing a daily memo of thanks, usually on Facebook. That’s way too much work for me, so I will do it four times during the month on Extra Points. And, my family, friends, health, etc. are all givens. I want to look a bit deeper by peeling the onion.
One of my clients once told me that everything you need to know in life can be learned from The Eagles, The Godfather, and the Bible. He might very well be right. One of my favorite lyrics from The Eagles hit song Take it Easy, is “If it all fell to pieces tomorrow, would you still be mine?” I am taking a little creative license and expanding that to imply, “would you still be there for me?”
We all go through personal and professional crisis in our lives. Sometimes they come in waves, and other times few and far between. I’m thankful for the times in my life where when I was in need of support, friendship, help, caring, a compassionate word, or a pat on the back; that I had friends who were there for me. I am also thankful that when I needed a little slap on the head or a kick in the butt, they were there, too!
I was reminded of this often forgotten reason for thanks as I watched a friend deal with the uncertainty of a family member’s safety in the Philippines subsequent to the horrific storm that killed so many. Her sister was unaccounted for and she was frantic and a continent away. Her friends both in person and through social media gave her great support. The good news was that her sister was found safe and all’s well that ends well for them. It was the outpouring of love and support that touched me, and reminded me of times I needed that. For this, I am thankful because I know at some point, we will all continue to require that.
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This week’s quote –
“The constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
~ Benjamin Franklin