A Husband and a Wife Look Back on a Year

A Husband and a Wife Look Back on a Year

A famous writer was in his study. He picked up his pen and began writing:
** This past year, my gall bladder was removed. I was stuck in bed due to this surgery for a long time.
** The same year I reached the age of 60 and had to give up my favorite job. I had spent 30 years of my life with this publishing company.
** The same year I experienced the death of my father.
** In the same year my son failed his medical exam because he had a car accident. He had to stay in the hospital with a cast on his leg for several days.
** And the destruction of the car was a second loss.
At the end he wrote: Alas! It was such a bad year!!

When the writer’s wife entered the room, she found her husband looking sad and lost in his thoughts. Over his shoulder, she read what was written on his paper. She left the room silently and came back shortly with another paper on which she had written her summary of the year and placed it beside her husband’s list.

When the writer saw her paper, he read:
** Last year I finally got rid of my gall bladder which had caused me many years of pain.
** I turned 60 with sound health and retired from my job. Now I can utilize my time to write better, with more focus and peace.
** The same year my father, still independent at the age of 95 and without any critical conditions, met his Creator.
** The same year, God blessed my son with life. My car was destroyed, but my son was alive and without permanent disability.
At the end she wrote: This year was an immense blessing and it passed well!

Moral: In our daily lives it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for!

4 comments

  1. So true! Thanks for sharing this story.

  2. Beautiful!!

  3. Agree 100%

  4. Devorah Bragg

    Absolutely spot on

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