Readers of the Pew remember my shower thoughts. I used to do my best thinking in the shower, composing closing arguments to a jury, solving a client’s problem, or writing that last paragraph of a judicial opinion. Later, some of my better Pews were formulated under hot mist.
I haven’t had many great shower thoughts lately, although I promise I still shower daily. However, today I was giving myself a lecture about health and attitude while rinsing when something clicked. I remembered that every day is a bonus for me. Over eleven years ago, I was given the gift of life when I received a transplant. Any complaints I have about aches and pains or things not going my way don’t amount to a hill of beans compared to what I faced a decade ago.
I won the the biggest lottery there is, and each and every day since June 2010, I have or will live is a bonus. God, my donor-“George,” my doctors, and yours truly should expect out of me a life filled with gratitude, love, and free of complaints.
The thing is that I made it through other “events” in my life, perhaps not as dramatic as a transplant, but serious enough that I should have been aware that today and every day is a bonus. I bet if you think about it, so have you. If today was my last, would I be focused on a little pain in my knee or saying “I love you,” to someone special.
We are all lottery winners in the sweepstakes of life. How will you spend your prize?