By Kevin Sheehan, Special Columnist
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Tomorrow, many people will sit down with family and friends and do their best to recollect what they are grateful for. Things they feel they have been blessed with, people that are still in their lives, and the positives of what is going on with them recently. While it is always good to express appreciation, such actions should never be limited to one time a year.
That being said, priorities always need adjusting. We get distracted by something shiny, and we can very easily lose sight of what is important. We can be guilty of getting so caught up in stresses and pursuits that we may forget the most important aspect of our lives: love.
They say there is more happiness in giving than receiving, but I have found the most happiness in mutual exchange. I have some of the best friends in the world, and having help extended to each other when needed only fortifies such relationships. I have friends that I have fed, and friends that have fed me. I have friends that will drop what they are doing to listen to me if needed, and I have done that as well.
I would be remiss if I did not take this moment to say how much I love each and every one of my friends, even though I tell them all the time.
I couldn’t talk about being grateful without mentioning the person who I am grateful for the most: Lori (Beware: Mushy Paragraph Ahead). Of course, she could always be included in the first group, because she is not only my wife, but she is my best friend. As much of an open person as I am, she has helped me in so many more private battles that I face, that I can genuinely say that I would not be who I am today or be in the position I am in today without her. I do my best to tell her everyday how much I love her and appreciate her, because once a year is never enough to tell your best friend how much you appreciate them.
Oh, and if anyone feels that perhaps this seems tacky, or if anyone views mushy relationship posts as cringe-worthy, just know that I do not care. I have no shame calling her my best friend, or calling her my wife, and I am nothing less than grateful and proud of the fact she is in my life. How happy she makes me is no secret.
Aside from others around us, and things we may possess, there are other things we may not take the time to appreciate. For instance, I appreciate the value of thought. I appreciate the value of literacy, the ability I have to read and write. I appreciate the gift of movement and of my physical abilities, I appreciate the variety of flavors in food, the colors in a rainbow.
We usually don’t forget to be grateful about things in our lives, but how often are you grateful for your life itself? How often do you contribute to the joy in someone else’s life? If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is that the purpose of life is to help others, and to be of service to others. When we realize that the joy of others is worth more than just giving or receiving, it will change our view on life, and help us make life more enjoyable for everyone involved.
But until you reach that mindset, just remember that every breath is a gift and every thought is a moment to be grateful for.
Post Script: I want to take a moment to say I am grateful for you reading this. Every week I never know who will read this column, or if anyone will at all. But just know that I keep writing this because I know people like you keep reading it. Thank you for being the fuel of my writing machine. I love you all.
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