Today, is Halloween for many. And it is another clean-up day in the Eastern half of the United States as well as a day to mourn those that died facing the furor of hurricane Sandy.
And today, for me, it’s a different kind of day ….. a special day …. it is a day of celebration …. another day of giving thanks to God, to my donor and my donor family for saving my life exactly two thousands days ago.
Something I learned along this heart transplant journey over the past 5+ is to be thankful and joyful each and every day. No matter how crappy the day has been, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. For me, each day is a blessing …… each and every one …… if I have a cold, the flu, an emotional day, those long days recovering from my transplant, the loss of a friend, whatever ….. at the end of the day, there is ALWAYS something in that day I can be thankful for …. something I can rejoice about …… it might be small, but I WILL give thanks and celebrate that little event.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”
I have and will continue to choose joy each and every day. Life is too good to not be joyful and thankful.
Not a day goes by, that I don’t think about my anonymous donor and the family that he/she left behind. I can tell you honestly that I have shed way more than two thousand tears for my hero and my hero’s family in the past 5+ years. I am not ashamed to admit this fact. Remembering and NEVER forgetting!
Throughout my life I’ve been accused of being too positive at times …. “sickeningly positive”. But I also know I went through a time, not long before my life saving transplant, when I could be a very negative person …… I never want to go back there. Ever! I’ve found it’s easier to find something positive to celebrate, to be happy and joyful about, than to dwell on something negative.
“With every breath I plant the seeds of devotion; I am a farmer of the heart.” ~ Rumi
Join me and become a farmer of hearts!!
Thank you, God and to my donor for these past 2,000 days of joy and never-ending gratitude!!
One thousand day ago, I wrote this to my donor family ~ (Click on link) –A Thousand Extra Days, A Million Thanks