November 25, 2002 Edition
Time -- To Just Be Thankful
While sitting here tonight, watching
the conclusion of There Are No Children
Here, my heart pulsated as I heard a little
innocent boy say, "When I wake up in the
morning, I feel good that God gave me another
chance to stay alive." This statement as
innocent as it was, was true to him because of
where he lived, and the lethal possibilities that
he faced daily of being killed by someone's
Oh -- I thought, just how much do I
really mean those words when I wake up in the
morning? Are those words as true to me as they
are to this little boy, or have they become a
ritual -- empty words with no meaning?
In our often-stressful lives, we are
constantly absorbed by negativisms, feeling that
our troubles are insurmountable and that no one
else in this world is troubled by such
We are often absorbed by meaningless
thanksgivings -- being thankful only in empty
words for the things that we have. We are so
absorbed with the things that we do not have,
that we effortlessly forget about the things that
we do have. Things such as loved ones, a place to
lay our heads, food on our tables and clothes on
our backs. Things such as -- LIFE.
Things that we often complain about
-- that we often yearn -- overpoweringly forces
us to forget to be thankful for what we have.
While we are often concerned with the things in
life that we feel like we cannot live without,
there are millions of others, of young girls and
boys, men and women, who are genuinely thankful
to just be alive.
Just to be alive -- is enough alone
to be thankful. Take out time -- this day -- to
just be thankful.
Copyright © 2002 by Audrina Jones
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Think About It!!
gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact
gratitude is generous and noble, but to live
gratitude is to touch Heaven." Johannes