By Dorothy Denne
Thoughts from a reading I received several years ago that I hold today:
Since we are in the season of giving, I gave some thought to the gifts I would like to give to each of you. I would like to give you:
The gift of Hope – being able to deal with your difficulties, knowing how to set the stage for good things to happen.
The gift of a real friend … the gift of spiritual handholds.
The gift of believing in miracles … of keeping young at heart … of spreading smiles around.
The gift of knowing how to go with the flow … of being optimistic … of appreciating life to the fullest.
Marcus Aurelius said, “Everything is only for a day.” So, I would like to give you the gift of making today your moment in time. Whether you are 18 or 80, I encourage you to have the courage to find the magic in this day. Go out of your way to appreciate the deserving things here before you: people who matter, places that will inevitably change, and circumstances that get rearranged all too easily.
Do more than stop and smell the roses. Search them out. Plant new seeds in the places you pass by. If someone has made a difference in your life, let them know. And remember that there is more to appreciate in this moment than we realize.
Believe me – years from now, the truth of this will shine and one of your sincere regrets will be not knowing how good you had it, at the time.