Friday, April 30, 2010

Brian’s Reflection: Friday, April 30, 2010

When I started counting my blessings,
my whole life turned around.

Willie Nelson, artist, singer, born on
this date, 1933, in Abbott TX

A good note to begin Friday and the weekend on! Being Grateful. I think about it a lot. Since 2002, when I had my aortic valve replaced, age 55 (open chest, heart out of the body on machines, bovine valve replacing mine – and having the nurse get me up hours after the procedure to walk around the floor, tubes hanging!), and through several subsequent health issues – you don’t want to know! – I count my blessings.

Big things. Little things. Flowers. The Pacific. Good food and wine. Laughing. South Park – what a perfect way to deal with the dark side and with issues that people generally avoid at our peril! Dennis. Friends. Opera. Morning tea. Sunshine. Walks on the beach. The paths my Life has taken. The list is endless.

Counting blessings. It has also helped me deal with Death. Whatever comes after, I’ve had 64 years of fascination and characters (some of which I could have done without!) and pleasures and opportunities and vacations and Silence and the Holy Eucharist to teach me about my oneness with the Mystery we call God.

Who could ask for more! May our Friday be filled with Counting Blessings, and our Lives turn around!