May 30th 2008
I read something recently that I found to be very poignant and offer it here for your consideration: DON’T JUST COUNT YOUR YEARS! MAKE YOUR YEARS COUNT! To that, I’d add: select the day, choose the time, but do count your blessings. At least, that’s what I’m opting to do on this my 67th birthday weekend.
Why? Because it’s all too easy to get caught up in personal problems, the world’s wars, the economy, the deplorable health care system, and the corruption in the political arena. Doing so leaves us all feeling weary … and while I don’t agree with those who believe that this time is not more difficult or challenging than other times, arguing that we’ve always had war and illness, crime and adversity … because I do feel these days are amongst the most challenging and treacherous … I also know that negativity perpetuates negativity and only feeds upon itself.
So, while I remain skeptical about the future of the world as we know it, I am also able – and hope that you are, as well – to rejoice in being alive, in feeling that I am making my years count.
I have lived long enough to know that even in the worst of times – days when life seems forever changed due to physical illness or the death of a loved one – keeping faith both in ourselves and in our loved ones – enhances our days and allows us to move forward, be be productive and use our time wisely.
I have had the great good fortune of enjoying and being rewarded by the work I do as a psychotherapist … and more recently by the success of my published memoir, FOUR ROOMS, UPSTAIRS: A Psychotherapist’s Journey Into and Beyond Her Mother’s Mental Illness. I have been married to the same man (who also loves his work) for more than 40 years, have two wonderful adult daughters and sons in-laws, along with grandchildren who bring more joy to life than ever I thought possible.
So, what more can a lady want? For this week-end, at least, I am putting aside my aches and pains (or, at least, not focusing on them), accepting that none of us knows what tomorrow will bring, and feeling totally grateful for all that I have worked hard to achieve and all that has been given to me.
I wish you all no less!
Have a great week-end!