My Better Half

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I’ll indulge with a repeat on my sixty days of gratitude.

Because she deserves it. And more.

I expressed my gratitude for my wife, Kathy, on her birthday a little over a month ago. At the time I said that if my items were in priority order she’d be “at the beginning and the end, and probably several stops along the way”.

Honestly, her presence in my life is part of what enables me to be so grateful for everything else.

She indulges me my hobbies, embraces, even encourages, my toys, waits patiently when I deploy, understands my desire to work, supports my efforts to help others, all while encouraging me and simultaneously having patience for all my faults, mistakes, and missteps.

I’m able to live the life I lead in large part because of her presence.

In that prior post I said that we often think of ourselves as having “grown up” together. We’re coming up on 40 years knowing each other and it’s very true that we seemed like such children back then. In a time when so many seem to grow apart, we’ve not only grown up, but we’ve grown together, maturing into the individuals we are today.

When you’re with someone for that long it’s difficult not to start to take things for granted. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, part of this exercise is avoid doing exactly that.

For all the many, many things I notice, and for all the things I probably do take for granted, for all the things I mention, and for all the many, many things I don’t but should….

I’m forever grateful that Kathy is in my life.

Comments

  1. This was a very inspiring piece. Thank you Leo, it has woken me up and made me realise how I have been taking my wife, Jude, for granted. Wit hour her in my life I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today. So thank you for showing me what’s important I’m life and to really focus on them .

  2. This was a very inspiring piece. Thank you Leo, it has woken me up and made me realise how I have been taking my wife, Jude, for granted. Without her in my life I definitely wouldn’t be who I am today. So thank you for showing me what’s important in life and helping me to focus on this.

  3. Leo, kudos! So many live and die without ever realizing how important your approach and announcement about your gratitude for your wife actually is.

    Now you may consider this a sneaky way of asking an unrelated “question”, however, at age 80 in frail health and with no family members [or even acquaintances] “in the know”, I’m going to give this a try. This month I finally mustered the energy to write a goodbye online message to those in my former congregation. In the latter part of June I moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania to be near medical assistance regarding a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis . I have been battling this for over twenty-five years and believe it will be what finally claims my life. This is a chronic and debilitating disease for which treatment remains unknown. Still I invest in everything that keeps my mind and love of life “going”. This includes my HP laptop. Wish I could say how long I’ve had it so you would know what type of computer I’m asking about. Issue: I set up a page in Word less than a week ago so that I could cut and paste all messages from friends in my former congregation along with my replies. Suddenly, yesterday the entire page “went blank”. I don’t doubt what I inadvertently did to cause this. Question: is there a way to retrieve/recover the information back onto the now titled but blank page in Word?

    • I would immediately try ctrl+z… Undo. If that doesn’t work out then unfortunately it really depends on exactly what you did.

      This is why I advise saving the file to disk often… With different names if needed so you always have backup copies of work in progress.

      Best wishes…

  4. LiNDA hOSSE says:

    Thanks Leo..I feel the same way about my husband

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