When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~~ G. K. Chesterton
For the rest of November, I’m going to take with gratitude some of those things I often take for granted — an entire alphabet’s worth! Since today is the seventeenth day of this surge of gratitude, I am giving thanks for “Q” things.
I am especially grateful for:
Questions. As a species, we have inquiring minds. We want to learn, to know. And so we ask questions, sometimes of ourselves, sometimes of others, and nowadays, sometimes from search engines. We take these questions for granted simply because we have always questioned. We wonder where we come from, why we are here, the purpose of our lives, and how to create meaning. When something goes wrong, such as the death of a loved one, that questioning spirit goes into overdrive. Even when we find no answers to our questions, we continue our quest. It’s who we are. When we stop questioning, that’s when we need to begin to worry. So today, I will give thanks for all the questions I’ve been asking lately — they prove to me that I am alive even if I don’t know why.
Quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics teaches us that there are no set answers to our questions. Things change depending on how we view them and even if we view them. If we don’t view things, perhaps they don’t happen, but exist forever as a possibility. This could be the answer to the enigmatic question, “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear, does it make a sound?” According to quantum physics, if no one is around to observe, the tree doesn’t fall but exists only as a possibility of either falling or remaining rooted. Ah the delights of such thought experiments! I don’t think anyone takes quantum mechanics for granted, not even those physicists whose lives are steeped in such esoteric experiments. And except for those same physicists who make a living off quantum mechanics, I doubt anyone gives thanks for quantum theory, but today I will be thankful for such a mind bender.
Quirks and quixoticisms. We all have our quirks and strangely idealistic moments. Even as we rail against these peculiarities in others, we take them for granted in ourselves. But quirks and quixoticisms are things to be taken with gratitude — they make us the unique people we are.
So, what “Q” things are you taking for gratitude today?
Taking “A” Things With Gratitude, Taking “B” Things With Gratitude, Taking “C” Things With Gratitude,Taking “D” Things With Gratitude, Taking “E” Things With Gratitude, Taking “F” Things With Gratitude, Taking “G” Things With Gratitude, Taking “H” Things With Gratitude, Taking “I” Things With Gratitude, Taking “J” Things With Gratitude,Taking “K” Things With Gratitude, Taking “L” Things With Gratitude, Taking “M” Things With Gratitude, Taking “N” Things With Gratitude, Taking “O” Things With Gratitude
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.