The bigger lesson for me as I noted all the joys I found in my life this past year while being free to enjoy and appreciate them, is that time really goes by so incredibly fast. Yesterday, I sat down to ask myself what I learned by giving gratitude for a year. In the back of my mind, I thought of how fast the year went.
Ironically, this morning I read that Patti Blagojevich, the gov's wife, felt the same way. She said the year has, "has flown by so quickly." Lucky for them.
She also said that her husband missed the big things, like their daughter passing her driving test. But he also missed the smaller things, like breakfast with the kids before they leave for school. Ordinary moments.
Ordinary moments are what I've discovered in this exercise in gratitude. You can't pinpoint them until you actually look for them. You don't realize how wonderful the breeze feels against your face while you're sleeping until you make a genuine effort to appreciate it...the ordinary moments. There's an atitude adjustment that starts to take place. I don't drive past mansions along the lake and envy those families any longer. I'm grateful to have a comfy house of my own with a working shower! I buy fresh flowers to place in the house as a peace offering. Thank you for being my shelter. I know it's corny.
When I look for and give gratitude for those ordinary moments, it eases the pain when crap hits the fan.
Patti said the gov. is learning to play the guitar. That's nice. I should bring out the music books and practice the piano. However, I was disgusted by his free time. Why are we, as taxpayers, paying for someone to learn to play the guitar and teach history lessons to prisoners, and keep up with his jogging? Workers are needed everywhere to teach history to less fortunate children, to clean bathrooms, to work in soup kitchens, to clean highways. What happened to chain gangs?
You've taken everything from this man. His family, his license to practice law, his humilty. Why sit in prison? Let him go home and WORK for the state of Illinois. For FREE.