I thought about this while driving home from Grapevine the other day, when I was struck, once again, by the beauty of the mountains around me, and I got to thinking that I could just as well be living in the slums of some big city instead of in this lovely land – and this got me to musing on all the things I should be grateful for in my life.
So I got to thinking further.
First of all, I am very grateful for the fact that, having been born before WWII, I survived, not only the Nazi regime, but the subsequent terrifying days in a bomb shelter, which, a Russian soldier told us in the middle of a fierce battle, would be blown away – “PFFF!” he said, with one direct hit of the many once-a-minute shells which were being lobbed at us from a distance of some kilometers.
So then I thought – we didn’t get a direct hit, and we managed to escape and cross the front – and so I am grateful for the fact that I didn’t get hit in the constant shelling of the endless, open field we had to cross, stumbling across foxholes and dead bodies – later, I wasn’t killed by the strafing airplane which swooped low over our fleeing figures – I wasn’t raped or attacked by any one of the many marauding Red Army soldiers.
Later, I survived the Indian civil war, when we were barricaded in the Delhi railway station while the Sikhs were butchering the Moslems arriving on refugee trains. Later yet, the military Dakota evacuating us civilians from Delhi to Karachi almost did, and yet did not, crash on take off after refueling at a short desert airstrip during the monsoon – we survived it all.
In view of all this, how could I ever complain, or think myself hard done by?
So – I am grateful to the good Lord for all of the above, and the many good things that came later – and now I am grateful for my supportive, loyal and wonderful staff who are my good friends, for the beautiful place in which I am allowed to live, and so very grateful for those many great people who came as guests, and left as friends.
And now, I wish for all of you the very best for Christmas and the New Year, with the hope that you also will take the time to count YOUR blessings and be grateful for all the good things in YOUR life – for we are blessed indeed to live free, and in a world where our biggest concern may be that we’re getting fat, when so many in the world go to sleep every night with a hungry stomach.
Thank you all – and have a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and happy New Year!