Rejoicing that I’m still here
“Getting older is the best thing that ever happened to me. I wake up every morning rejoicing that I’m still here with an opportunity to begin again and be better.”
— Oprah Winfrey
A long life is a decidedly mixed blessing. Those of us who make it to our eighth and ninth decades will do so enduring many losses: of our physical strength, of many of the people we love best, and of the world as it was for most of our lives. Still, I appreciate Winfrey’s take on getting older, and I think it can apply to all of us, no matter our age.
What a gift it is to be alive and start a new day! I have never seen this gift with more clarity than I do after the past six months. I hope you will join me in resolving to regard life as the blessing it is, regardless of the pains that come along with it. Today is a precious opportunity, one I am determined not to squander.