As writers who chronicle the human experience, today is the day to take a moment to stop and consider all we have to be thankful for. On this day especially let us not overlook our blessings and the freedoms we enjoy by the good fortune of our birth. In this nation we have tremendous opportunities to do what we want and achieve much with our spirit and hard work. Never underestimate the fact there is a grand design and each of us has a role to play in time and space.
Today is one in which we should not forget the men and women of our armed services and how much they have sacrificed to protect our liberties. Today is not about books and publishing but recognizing there is a reason behind life’s little frustrations. Today I ask you to stop and contemplate the following piece written by an unknown author. It might just provide an inspiration for the stories you create and share.
As you might know, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten. Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts. One woman was late because her alarm clock didn’t go off in time. One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident. One of them missed his bus. One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change. One’s car wouldn’t start. One went back to answer the telephone. One had a child that dawdled and didn’t get ready as soon as he should have. One couldn’t get a taxi. The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning, took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot. He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. That is why he is alive today.
Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone…All the little things that annoy me. I think to myself, this is exactly where I am supposed to be at this very moment…Next time your morning seems to be going wrong, the children are slow getting dressed, you can’t seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don’t get mad or frustrated; take refuge in the fact that someone is at work watching over you. May your guardian angel continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.
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