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It’s a Wonderful Life

I went out and got the mail and found it snowing, just a little, like snow sprinkles.  It's December already and shoppers are in a frenzy.

This year, more than any other, I am NOT doing the shop-til-you-drop thing, buying trinkets and goblets and niknaks, O My, for family, and friends, and acquaintences.  (Knowing full well, I will see all your purchases given in the "spirit of Christmas," at every yard sale I go to this spring and summer.  For a buck!)

This year I see my life in a different perspective.  It's more precious to me.  My priorities have changed.  I don't jump on the computer as often or as long.  I appreciate my friends and my family more.  I'm focused on my two new grandtwins.  I am  kinder to people around me.  I listen more and opine less.

I have been through a lot this last six months, in and out of hospitals and doctors' offices, multiple surgeries, procedures, tests.  I thought I would never get well.  But I am.  Now looking back, I think of all the people who have chronic illnesses, some pretty bad, some eventually fatal - and these people usually have a palpable zest for life.  It's not about buying presents at Christmas, going through Black Friday, and mobs of shoppers for days on end.  It's about life.  Smellng roses.  Having a snow flake kiss your tongue.  Holding a baby.  Holding anyone.  Telling friends you love them.  Enjoying little moments every day all day long.

It's a wonderful life!

Enjoy your day today!


Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.