Are you conscious of your treasures?

Today, I am reminded of Thorton Wilder’s well-known quote about gratitude: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

Thanksgiving is a day of purposeful consciousness.  We surround ourselves with family and friends who are dear to us and we give thanks for our blessings.  That is why Thanksgiving really is the best holiday we celebrate.  It is better than birthdays or Christmas or New Year’s Eve – it is better than gifts or champagne.  Thanksgiving is the day when we look around and think to ourselves – oh yes, this is what life really is about.

Me, Mike, and the kids in March in California

I will spend this day with the crazy, eclectic group of folks I call “family” and marvel in my fortune.  I know I am blessed to have them nearby.   I see them frequently and talk with them regularly. I know that so many other folks are not quite so fortunate.  Life is good my friends and my heart is conscious of my treasures. ;-)

Day one thousand two hundred and thirty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to Are you conscious of your treasures?

  1. Barbara says:

    Nice family photo! :)

  2. Barbara says:

    NOW I remember what this column reminds me of–an article written by Robert Fulghum where he characterizes those who are sometimes not truly conscious of their families as treasures: “Standing knee deep in the river and dying of thirst.”

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