This is the time of the year when our natural instincts direct us to want to be with family and friends. It's not only comforting to have the warmth of those relationships combat the cold of winter, but also a reflection that most of us need each other. Family and friends truly are major contributors to having and maintaining our good health.
Partially following through on that part of the subject described in the headline, I'm reminded of the lyrics to a popular song that debuted in the 1960s addressing gratitude for what we have, or even don't have. You may remember the artist who made it popular and is still alive, thank goodness. He was and still is my friend, singer and actor, Ed Ames. The lyrics to The Other Man's Grass Is Always Greener, are as follows and very thoughtfully composed, in my opinion:
“Life is never what it seems; we're always searching in our dreams, trying to build some castles in the air. When worry starts to cloud the mind, never mind, you haven't got a care. There's someone else in your imagination. You wish that you were standing in their shoes. You know you would without much hesitation, but would you if you really had to choose? So don't look around, plant your feet on the ground. It's much better by far, to be just who you are. The other man's grass is always greener; the sun shines brighter on the other side. The other man's grass is always greener. Some are lucky, some are not. I'm so thankful for what I've got”.
Gratitude for what we have, regardless of how much or how little, pales when lifelong friendships and solid family relationships are compared to material possessions. Again, especially at this time of the year when inclement weather literally clouds our happier thoughts, knowing we have family and friends who really care how we're feeling, healthfully and emotionally, and also knowing WE care about THEM, makes a life much richer with happiness and gratitude.
Sadly, of course, there are too many people in the world who don't know or have the luxury of caring family or friends. In my opinion, it's precisely why those of us who DO have caring family and friends, should count our blessings every minute. Please forgive me for referencing another song lyric, but I think it also addresses the blessings we are fortunate enough to have or should have. Eddie Fisher, who I was also fortunate to know, made these words popular in the mid-1950s. Perhaps you remember them and the song, entitled Count Your Blessings:
“When I'm worried and I can't sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep and I fall asleep counting my blessings. When my bankroll is gettin' small, I think of when I had non e at all, and I go to sleep counting my blessings. I think about a nursery and I picture curly heads and one-by-one I count them as they slumber in their beds. So if you're worried and you can't sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you'll fall asleep, counting your blessings.”
I sincerely hope you are blessed during this approaching holiday season and always appreciative for what you have, especially in regard to friends and family who gather together more to extol the joy of this approaching festive season