Near 500 words: The best of times

Charles Dickens begins his A Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”  Often we spend our time dwelling on and complaining about the worst of times. Yet life is filled with so many opportunities to say thank you. So why not make everyday a Thanksgiving.

For the world is filled with wonder. No day passes without at least one Wow. Many’s the time I’ve stepped out of my house: The birds were singing. The wind was a cool breeze. The grass was all green. And the roses were blooming.

Many’s the time I’ve listened to a piece of music that took my breath away: Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Greensleaves”, Ravel’s “Une barque sur l’ocean” and Maurice Jarre’s “Lara’s Theme” from “Dr. Zhivago”.

Many’s the time I’ve looked at a face and realized Time is a master sculptor. Before me was a great work of art.

Many’s the time I’ve looked into someone’s eyes and thought that there are amazing worlds inside this human being. An eternity of memories. Sadness and joy, wonder and tragedy.

Way too often I’ve forgotten to say, “Thank you,” for the feast laid out before me.

Thanksgiving day is a wonderful reminder of all the times I do forget

And I love the way Don Henley gets it all down in his song “My Thanksgiving”:

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