I recently heard this story which both made me laugh and saddened me..
There was a man in Arizona who, after 43 years of marriage, called his son (who lived in Illinois) the day before Thanksgiving and told him that he was tired of being married and that he was going to get a divorce. He said he was sick and tired of his wife, that he had enough and no longer wanted anything to do with her. The son started yelling, “Don’t you DARE do anything, Dad! This cannot be over! I’m calling my sister in Cincinnati and we will take care of this!” The man’s daughter, upon hearing this news, called her father immediately. “Dad, I am serious! Don’t even think of doing anything before we get there. I talked to my brother and we are going to be with you guys first thing tomorrow and we, as a family, will settle this. You are NOT getting a divorce!”
The man hung up the phone and turned to his wife.
“Well, it’s done. They are both going to be here for Thanksgiving and are paying their own way!”
“Thank God!” his wife sighed happily
Finding things to be grateful for during hard times can be difficult, but not impossible. It is a choice… a meaningful effort to find something to be thankful for beyond the circumstances around us. A truly grateful person is a joyful person, and people can see that in your face, in your actions, and in your words. If you have to tell someone you are grateful… well…
Gratitude is not silent… it is loud, boisterous and evident to all who see you. Being grateful is a decision that you can make independent of life’s circumstance. It is filled with passion, excitement and shines like a beacon. Gratitude, if not expressed, is meaningless. If it is not blatantly evident to the people around you, then it does not exist.
Both John and I have experienced the agony of divorce, and the fear and loneliness that comes with the ending of a relationship. Yet, if not for the pain we bore during our divorces, we would not be together today. Hope exists in everything if we look for it, and never give up. My prayer for each of you, my darling readers, is that each of you can find the hope you need to bring happiness to your lives, and that you share that happiness with everyone you touch.
Thanksgiving is day of reflection, set aside to remind us to find all that is good and hopeful in our lives. None of us ever know where life is to take us, or why we have to go through hard times to get there, but we can always find something to be thankful for. I am thankful for my darling husband and his continued health, my sister, our beloved friends, my wonderful and faithful fans, and the opportunity to write about faith, love, hope and dreams.
The Hayse Household wishes all of you a blessed and thank-filled holiday, and encourage each of you to commit that one day to finding things to be grateful for. You will be amazed of what you will discover, my loves.