Appreciating What You Have

When you are young and you leave a good friend, things or places that you love, I believe that you leave with the anticipation or feeling that you will experience that feeling, people or place again. When you are older and more experienced in the reality of life you may begin to understand that when you leave a place, friend, or walk away from something you love, you have to savor it, because like it or not the reality is that it could be the last time you have the chance. This thought came to me when I shook the hand of a good friend that was returning to Arizona for the winter earlier this year and the handshake just seemed to have a different feel to it, not a complimentary social grace but a heartfelt understanding on his part that it could be the last time we shook hands. That idea was refreshed in my mind when I watched the last sunset over the lake for the year at our Mn. cabin. I think I finally realized why my father-in-law, later in life, used to sit in the chair by the front windows at the cabin every evening and raptly watch the sunset. He knew that you should truly appreciate every moment of what you have and I find that I am still learning that virtue


About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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One Response to Appreciating What You Have

  1. Carol Bittner says:

    I very much feel the way you do.
    Every trip to Wyoming, every trip to Yellowstone. Each time I say goodbye.
    I truly try to savor each day.
    Hold my family and friends in high reguard.
    Being grateful for simple pleasures and contentment.

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