It was the simplest of moments. I had just raised the blinds in our living room, and was awestruck by the view of Central Park, bathed in the morning light. The Park is always stunning - it's one of the reasons Phil and I chose this apartment when we were looking for a place to live when we moved to New York. But on this particular day the park was especially breathtaking, her deep green leaves gently waving as if to say good morning to me.
"I am so grateful for this amazing view," I said to Phil, who was sitting on the sofa reading the paper. "It really is a gift, you know?"
And that got me to thinking about how important it is to be grateful for the things we have in our lives, and not pine for what we don't have. I'm thankful for so many everyday gifts that are finely woven into the tapestry of my life -- like my loving life partner, good friends, inspiring work, a close, caring family, smart colleagues, good health and lots of laughter.
And, yes, a great view of Central Park.
Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, "Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life" -- and I truly believe that. When we live life too fast to stop and acknowledge our daily gifts -- when we let those moments slip by without embracing them in true thankfulness -- we're missing out on how blessed we are.
Some may wonder why I'm writing this nearly two months after Thanksgiving -- but maybe that's the point: Why designate just one day a year to express our gratitude when there's really so much to be thankful for every day.
So thank you for taking the time to read this.
I asked my Facebook friends to tell me what they were thankful for, and their responses really touched me. I think you'll like them, too. Take a look.