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If I Never Make the Big Time

by janderson on December 15, 2011

We’re moving through the holiday season and reflecting on the past year, giving thanks, appreciating the people that matter to us. It is too bad that life would corner giving thanks into a particular season. For so many, including myself, it often does. Swept up the minutiae of daily business, work and family, it is very easy to forget to stop and think about how good life is. – even when it isn’t so good.

In the last weekend in October, a poignant reminder arrived in the form of the now famous and over reported October snowstorm that crushed the forests and utility lines of the northeast. I was lucky to only go three days without power and other utilities. Friends went a week or more. But the blackening of the television and the computer, the silencing of the phone, brought some seriously needed pause and contemplation time. It was a silence for thought and what came to me was not how cold and boring the house had become. I did not lament my inability to turn on the stove or take a shower.

Profoundly enough, the focus shifted to how lucky I was to have a great family, full of love, to be with. I felt lucky to have a car to travel to a restaurant, and money to buy a meal for my family when we could not cook at home. I was grateful to have friends to check on and offer help to. I have a bed and blankets to bundle into with my family and keep warm.

No matter what our problems, whoever we are, there is likely someone else out there who has bigger problems, who lives with less, who survives a harder life. Some of them even manage to be happy some of the time.

So, I, for one, am making it a point, starting now, to pause a little more often and be appreciative. I’ll take inventory and sum up the great things that make life sweet, a list of the important things. I’ll also offer a few more well wishes for those who need them more than I do.

For the entirety of my life I’ve wanted to write novels and have a lot of people read them. For the past three years, I’ve worked tirelessly for that to become a reality. I will continue to work tirelessly to that end. But, I will continue to pause. If I never make the big time, I know I’ll still have that list of invaluable joys to peruse in my mind. If my goal is never achieved, I’ve still lived a great life. I have the list to prove it. That list may change. It may grow or shrink. But that list will always be there, and, it does not include any of the things lost in the storm.

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Kathy Eaton December 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Jeff,
How true, how true!
It was nice to read of the love and comfort you receive from your family. It’s all pretty valuable stuff.
Looking forward to Thursday!
P.S.
I love to read your blog…is it a “blog”?

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