Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Appreciating Life

Last night the writing class I teach turned into a conversation class.  We spent most of the evening talking rather than writing.  (I am just going to consider it part of the prewriting stage.)  For some reason we got on the subject of accidents.  One student, a beautiful young gal in her early thirties told about a severe car accident that left her in physical therapy for over a year.  As she wrapped up the story she had a big smile, as she always does, and said it wasn't a bad thing because now she appreciates life so much more.

I just sat gazing at my student as she finished her story.  I wanted to totally absorb her attitude and make sure it had a permanent place in my memory.   I have experienced a rough couple of years with rheumatoid arthritis, and like my student, I feel it hasn't been a bad thing.  No matter what life throws at us, there is always good surrounding us.  There is always something new to look forward to. 

Enjoy your day!