At 4:45 am this morning - as it does most mornings - my alarm went off. And by alarm, I mean my clock radio, which remains eternally tuned to our local NPR affilliate. From midnight until 5:30 am, a Classical music format dominates their airwaves and so, before I arose for my morning run, I lay in the quiet darkness of my bedroom and listened to the timeless sounds.
And as the beautifully evocative music filled my senses ... I thought.
I thought of all the wonderful blessings I've received in my life and how far too often, I've neglected to stop and recognize them as such.
I thought of the many times when I've allowed life's trials and tribulations to overshadow the inherent good which surrounds me.
I thought of the bouts of self pity which periodically blinds me to reality.
And I thought of the beautiful woman lying next to me who is always there - for me and with me, whether I deserve her love or not; who always helps me keep things in perspective; who gives my life balance and meaning; who makes my life complete ... and I thought to myself how could I possibly live without her.
I decided this was a wonderful way to begin my day.
Thank you Beth.
I love you.
"I see skies of blue..... clouds of white. Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights. And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world." - Sung by Louis Armstrong