Monday, July 12, 2004

Fat and Happy

You know, sometimes the obvious just hits me in the head and yesterday was one of those days. The past week has been quite busy for us, but all of this busy-ness just reminded me of how well off most of us are. Now, I'm not trying to be arrogant when I say that, but just trying to show that we should all be pretty damned grateful for what we've got. Obvious, to be sure, but it just hit me in the head Sunday night again.

Sunday evening ended with my wife and I having a nice little barbecue in our new (still unfinished) backyard. Sitting there watching the smoke rise from the grill, chilling out with some tasteless beer (MGD, if you want to know), really just made the events of the past week come together and help me appreciate all that's been given to us. Just the fact that we're in a position to enjoy a Sunday evening in this way is something we tend to take for granted.

Moreover, the running around we've done for the past week has simply been a demonstration of the basic YUPPIE lifestyle we have. Afterall, we've been running around, not from job-to-job-to-job, but from job-to-lounge-to-dinner-to-friend's place, etc, etc. In essence, our busy schedule is busy simply because we're livin' it up.

So what's my point? Well, for once, I took a moment to think about what's been given to me and my wife. Sure, we've worked for some of it, but in the end, it's all a gift. It's something that we should be thinking about more often. It's generally something we do only a few times a year (Thanksgiving, New Year's, etc), but on a random summer evening, it was nice to sit there and smile in appreciation.

Moreover, it gives me more motivation to work harder on the other projects I'm involved in. Hopefully, they will help people who are less well-off than us. Don't worry, I'm not gonna write about my "benevolance" trip, just wanted to mention a small point of motivation for me.

With that, I'll leave you all with a moment to smile in appreciation of everything that's been given to you. :)

1 comment:

Henry said...

Yes....good for you - I had fun hanging out with you two. I know it didn't seem that way - but I just was happy to have a moment out of your guys' busy lives. But the moments of life are what we should all focus on.