"I'll have what she's having," comes to my mind this morning. A humorous quote from When Harry Met Sally but it represents all those times when we look at what others have and say, "I want that." While I love the quote, "comparison is the thief of joy" (Theodore Roosevelt) I think if used the right way to model after rather than victimizing ourselves it can be a useful tool. It can guide us in reaching for the things we want in life rather than believing it is impossible. Today is my brother and his beautiful wife's anniversary! I am so happy for them and grateful that they found love together. They are an amazing match. While I am so happy for THEM, it is a happy reminder for myself as well. When they got married it reaffirmed for me that there are second chances at love and marriage and that one door closing can open another door to an even stronger love. It gave me hope! I'm so grateful for this hope and affirmation. I'm grateful for the love they share. And I'm so grateful for my amazing boyfriend that shows me an amazing, supportive, FULL love each day. I'm so grateful for all those who modeled love and marriage before us, my parents and grandparents and all who came before, to teach us what is important. So today I lift my "glass" of gratitude to all who have LOVED their spouse (or significant other) with all their hearts until then end. I lift my "glass" of gratitude to my brother and sister-in-law for their special day! Who inspired your belief that love can last a lifetime? Who will you toast to in celebration of love? Today, I'll have a big glass of love with an extra splash of gratitude!
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.