As uncertain as our futures may always be, we can still say undeniably and unequivocally that we have made it to another Thanksgiving. I say this because I know people who haven't.
Life is short, time eludes us. We can always make more money but can never regain time. It is our energy and our forces that make us tackle the things that come at us, as well as those that things that we cause ourselves. But if we are resilient beings and have weathered the storms we have been required to outlast, we still have life in our bodies, souls, and spirits..... and are still pressing onward towards whatever goals we have set.
Not everything has turned out rosy. There are some things that I wish I could change. And if it were in the power of my hands to do so, I would do so. But in the course of the human life cycle's maturation process, I have learned to not sweat the stuff I cannot control.
In turn it has led me to a more peaceful existence in this world. AND... it is the distinct hope that things will always make a turn for the better (at some point) that keeps me going.... even when I am feeling discouraged and defeated. The fight lives on, as long as I have breath in my body. There are no TKOs in life.
So I am very humbly grateful that I have another year on this earth to enjoy the smallest of things that life has to offer. And although I have endured a good many hardships along the way, I wouldn't trade my life for anyone else's in the world.
I was never a Marine, but I am an old soldier. Still...I have spent my life improvising, adapting, and overcoming. So far it has helped me to navigate this ship into every port I have set sail for. And I have few regrets.
This year, as you spend time with your loved ones (or just think about them because they are not near), remember... time waits for no one. It marches on and we must grab onto what we can hold of it... as it roars past. Do not let things that need to be said, stay unsaid. Say them, if you mean them, and say them with idea that it may be us or that someone we love.... who will not be here to say/hear them next year.
Have a great Thanksgiving and thank you for reading.