Thanksgiving musings…

I wrote this today, on Thanksgiving 2018 and posted it on my blogsite. I thought it worth sharing here. I know it won’t be live on Project Wednesday until well after the Thanksgiving holiday, but I don’t thing that matters. Dear readers, I hope you had wonderful Thanksgivings. Try to bring a little smidge of thanks into every day you greet.

—James

Thanksgiving musings

It’s been the kind of year when it has been far too easy for me to think about all the people and bits of my life that are no longer here and to be distracted by the often-unpleasant aspects of getting a wee bit older.

I find myself thinking more and more of moments from my life that make sense only now. Some of these bring comfort. Some don’t.

I understand better now decisions, good and bad, that I made long ago. While I am not comfortable with some of them, I’ve made my peace with them. One can’t live in the past when facing the mystery of each day that lies ahead.

I have learned when one must lie. Yes, there is a time, but that is for each of us alone to know, and that type of lie must be coupled with mercy and compassion.

I have learned when to be unvarnished when speaking the truth, even if it risks everything.

I have learned to say no. That’s a big one. When I was younger, I assumed I could tackle anything. Now I know what I can and can’t do. I know where I am strong and where I am weak, what I do well and what I best not even tackle.

Today, be thankful for the blessings you have. Steel yourselves for the challenges you will surely face and celebrate the wispy bits of joy that find their way into your life. Treat each day as a blessing, do your best with it, then close the door on it firmly and prepare for the next.

And one more thing, perhaps the most important…

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…Be good to each other.

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James O'Meara

James is a bilateral cochlear implant recipient/advocate and a hopeless chicken wing addict. He is also a prostate cancer survivor and warrior. He passionately believes we can all make a positive difference. His shoe size is 10 1/2.

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