Give Thanks for Everything

For 45 straight weeks, I’ve been publishing this very blog with observations about life and what it takes to live one that’s nothing short of extraordinary. And I’ve loved every minute of writing and delivering it to those of you who have been on the receiving end, many of whom I don’t even know.

Last week, something rather odd happened. In what would have been its 46th week, “Life Notes” went unpublished. It’s as if my heart skipped a beat. Perhaps it did.

Stepping back for a week was a test of sorts. How would it feel to let go of the idea of being so darn regimented, of keeping a "perfect" track record, of being driven not to miss a single beat?

Suffice it to say, I didn’t score so well on the test -- a C+, or average result, at best. It didn't feel so good. But then again, letting go can be like that at times.

Such a test, albeit a minor one, is merely a reminder that life continually holds lessons to learn and comfort zones to climb out of. And, that there's always more work to do. (Ah yes, but isn’t there always more work to do?)

I’m reminded of Barbra Streisand who, upon receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1995 Grammys said, “I’d rather think of myself as a work in progress.” Isn’t that great? The very accomplished Ms. Streisand, a “work in progress?”

The truth is, we’re all works in progress, dear readers. We have the opportunity, always and everywhere, to re-create and re-invent ourselves. It’s part of what makes the human experience so great.

And, it's yet another reminder that life is indeed about the journey – one that doesn’t rely on us being perfect or keeping the beat or arriving anywhere in particular.

(Isn’t that something for which to be thankful?)

Albert Schweitzer said, “The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live.” 

As you gather with those you love this Thanksgiving holiday, consider giving thanks for everything you’ve experienced along your life’s journey – for your family and friends, your admirers and your enemies, your joys and your sorrows, your bumps and your bruises, your happiness and your sadness, your laughter and your tears.

You name it, literally – it all counts.

This year, while giving thanks for everything, I especially give thanks to those of you who have invited “Life Notes” into your world. Sharing this space with you in my own life’s journey has been, and continues to be, both an honor and a privilege.

(And for that, I deeply and sincerely thank you.)