The lyrics to “Big Yellow Taxi” just popped into my mind:
“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone.”
It is true. And the older we get the more it hits home. I don’t mean for this to be a downer, but really it is just a commentary on life. No matter how much we hear it, no matter how much we say it, we really don’t appreciate something – or someone – until it or they are gone.
I believe that it is the human condition. I don’t think we can wrap our heads around loss until it happens. Maybe that is for the best. I’m not sure we could navigate thru our lives if we were constantly thinking that we might lose what we hold dear.
As I reflect on another Thanksgiving right around the corner, I can’t help but acknowledge feelings of sadness and loss. That is inevitable. But I am fortunate to have a close, loving family and lots of good friends to count on, to laugh and to share life with.
So on Thanksgiving I want to remember and miss those who are gone, but I also want to honor them by enjoying all I have, to truly give thanks for my many blessings, and to show the special people in my life how much they mean to me.
In the words of a dear family member who was gone too soon “Enjoy life and be happy.”