A place to appreciate the many things in my life that I am thankful for

Sometimes things happen that make you stop in your tracks and appreciate life in general. I was struck with one of those things this evening.

My brother-in-law’s stepfather was diagnosed with alzheimer’s several years ago. I don’t know too many details, but I know his deterioration has been such that it was difficult to see him as being the same person he used to be. He’d changed so much. He barely recognized people anymore. Today he was admitted to the hospital and it is unknown whether he’ll make it through the night or not. It makes my heart break on so many levels. For my niece, who has lost her two other grandfathers in the past thirteen months; for my brother-in-law, who is in the same boat, but replace the word “grandfathers” with “fathers” (he was close with my father and has known his step-father for most of his life); for my sister; for all of my brother-in-law’s family and especially for his mother, who is one of the sweetest women I know.

I have experienced a lot of loss thus far in my life, and though each loss has brought great sorrow, it has also reminded me to appreciate the life I have been given.

Today I am once again reminded how grateful I am for life, the universe and everything.

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