I just returned from my morning walk through Greenway Park in brilliant sunshine and crystal clear blue skies. Walking every day that I can gives my body a wonderful sense of renewal. It is also a great time to let my mind be renewed as well. It is one of those times, when I allow myself to experience it, that I open up to a wonderful barrage of thoughts and feelings that add yet another dimension to my day.
This morning I was aware of how grateful I am for my life. Through the ups and downs I have been so fortunate to have more of the ups than the downs. I have learned something from every friend I have met along the way. Sometimes I feel them walking with me and we engage in conversations that are known only between us. These are not memories of past conversations. They are current, they are meaningful and sometimes they are simply for a good laugh over something we are sharing.
I have also learned things from my family members. These are, perhaps, the most meaningful memories, even though they occasionally are about the tough lessons we inevitably encounter as we build our relationships. I had an uncle who used to tell my mother that if he had to live his life over again, he would do it exactly the same way! My mother would counter that she certainly would not! There I was exposed to two different ways of looking at my experiences and handling memories. I used to feel strongly that my life events were exactly as they should be. They were, after all, what brought me to this moment and if I was happy where I was, why would I want to do anything differently?
For whatever reasons and at some undefined point in my life I found that I wasn’t so sure that I needed to have all the experiences that I did. There were times along the way that I definitely did not like where I was. And yet, my thoughts, feelings and events had brought me there. In reflection I needed to ask myself if I were simply being selective in my memories, accepting as real only those that I enjoyed. Perhaps, but in looking at this apparent contradiction of mind I rest in the conviction that my life has been and is a wonderful adventure. Whether I would do things differently given the opportunity, I would have to say I would. But more importantly, I know that the effect of past events is good or bad only according to how I view and remember them.
This morning, life is more than wonderful! This morning I enjoyed walking with my friends and my thoughts. I walked with my family and felt love for them and the wonderful way in which they are growing through life. To have been, and be, a part of their lives is a blessing beyond description. So no matter what other ways I might choose to examine my life, today life is wonderful in every respect! I believe that knowing this is the best preparation for more days just like this one!