“Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package.” Unknown
Gifts – what else can I write about, except the abundance of them in my life? Anything less seems churlish and ungrateful, as if I’m embarrassed by the surfeit of riches piled in this package I’ve been opening for the past 51 years. A family that cherishes me, a husband who supports me in every possible way, a son who has grown up well and strong with a family of his own to love ~ a wealth of gifts indeed.
In truth, I wonder sometimes whether I deserve them when the world around me is rife with suffering and want. How-and why-have I been so “gifted”? And I try to remain properly grateful, in the hopes that my acknowledgement of good fortune will keep me safely encsonced in its favor a just a while longer.
Of all my good gifts, perhaps the one that is most key, most valuable and cherished, is the gift of my mind, my memory, my ability to read and write and reflect. It is this particular package that I open so gratefully each time I turn the pages of a book, sit at the piano to play, pick up a pen to write, open my mouth to speak. Because I have seen first hand what it means to lose this gift, in this terrible stealthy disease that’s sweeping the nation and robbing thousands of people each day of their memories and thoughts.
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This slogan for the National Negro College Fund bears truth for the entire human race. “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most,” is another humorous version, seen on greeting cards and refrigerator magnets. It brings a smile, but, in reality it is far from funny.
The gift of thought- it’s priceless. I hope I’m putting mine to good use.
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