Last night my wife and I celebrated our first anniversary. Two weeks ago we moved into a new place. Six weeks ago we had our first - our beautiful son named Ari. On a much smaller note, this week my blog got picked up on TechCrunch. Life is great!
One of my lifelong mentor's used to constantly repeat the refrain -
Count Your Blessings.
As a kid I never really appreciated just what he was saying or why he always reiterated that we thank our mothers for cooking wonderful meals and give our dads big hugs every weekend before they left for synagogue. No matter the practical example, no matter the topic of his stories or his lectures, this mentor always ended his classes, presentations, one-to-one talks and school-wide assemblies with the same message - Count Your Blessings.
As a teen I began to appreciate the sagacity of his advice.
As an adult I am slowly beginning to understand just how good we have it.
When was the last time you worried about putting food on the table, a roof over your head, or were concerned for your physical safety? When was the last time you thought about your freedom to speak your mind, practice your religion or post your own thoughts on a blog? It's amazing to consider just how great we have it.
It's a holiday weekend. Most of us will be spending 3 days out of the office, 3 days at home. I don't know about you, but I plan on soaking in the time with my wife and newborn son.
So enjoy the weekend! Take pictures, create memories, appreciate everything that you're been blessed with. Don't worry about the traffic, enjoy the extra opportunity to spend some time with your loved ones.
Happiness isn't about being there, it's about getting there.
Life's isn't about things, it's about you and those most valued by you.
So take the time and just enjoy!
Have a great weekend.