Why does Austin have a picture of a man being loved by his lion on his blog? Thanks for asking. It's because I am thankful that I can share this beautiful moment with you. Can there be too many pictures showing the connectivity of all living things? Can we have too many examples of unconditional love between humans and the creatures that surround us? But I digress. This post is part of a challenge from my pals at The Circulation Desk (my blogging group) to write 5 - 10 things for which we are thankful. I am thankful every day but I will use this holiday time of year to express my gratitude once again.
#1. This year I almost lost my partner Jon. He became ill very suddenly and spent 8 days in a coma with a ventilator doing his breathing for him. I am so unbelievably grateful that he pulled through and stayed with us. The power and energy that I received from my friends was palpable. I felt a protective energy field around me all the time. Out of an extremely negative situation, I was given the most positive reinforcement of my belief in the power of love imaginable.
#2. I have a lot of friends. Each one brings something very special to my abundant table. My friends are like pieces of a giant puzzle that, put together, make such a beautiful picture. My life is blessed every minute of every day by the knowledge that you love me. I love you more.
#3. My love for animals is well known to my readers. Our dogs, Roxy and Charlie have been well documented in my posts. They teach me about love and connectivity every day. By following their example I am a better man. I thank them by emulating their kind, generous and loyal, happy and loving, examples.
#4. I consider the fact that I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world to be an enormous gift. There can be no better education than the ability to see firsthand the wonders and the scope of the world that surrounds us. The chance to glimpse into other cultures and experience different customs is priceless. The understanding that we are all different and that that is a good thing is a lesson that is gained though open minded travel.
#5. I was blessed with a wonderful family growing up. Though they are almost all gone now, I cherish the memories and the lessons they have left behind. Love was first and foremost. Loyalty and commitment were required. Honesty was a given. I am well aware that I honor my family when I do what I know to be right.
#6. How could I leave out something that is so important to me, it is the equivalent of breathing? That would be music. Music has been the soundtrack of my life. I remember thoughts and conversations by what song was playing in the background. Sometimes no song was actually playing anywhere but in my head. My ability to express myself through music saved my sanity on many occasions. Ask my New York friends.
I could go on and on. I am grateful for the sunrise every morning. I am grateful for the songs of the birds in the trees. The majesty of the mountains that surround our valley. I try to remember to be thankful for these things every day. But it has been nice to put it in writing one more time.
Peace and Love,