Today I will pause to reflect on the many who have chosen to share some time on this planet with me.
I am thankful to my beloved for choosing to share another day with me, recognizing that it is a choice.
I am thankful to my family for choosing to share some of their time on earth with me, recognizing that it is a choice.
I am thankful to my friends for choosing to let me walk a while with them in life, recognizing that it is a choice.
Just as we’re learning to appreciate the role choice plays in our lives, we can also appreciate the choices of others, and how their choices make a positive difference in our world. Every day that a friend is still a friend, we are blessed by their choice to share part of their journey with us. Even those we appear to be well rooted in life with – children, parents and spouses – can choose at any time to be elsewhere and without our company. When we acknowledge that our interactions and time shared are based on choice, we’re less likely to take them or our relationships for granted, instead experiencing each moment with a fully grateful heart.