[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waYUzxK8TYA[/youtube]It’s not often that an airplane crashes into a house across the street from you. That’s what happened on friday. An explosion and then sirens beyond anything I have ever heard first hand.

A few weeks ago, I was driving home late at night in the pouring rain and something flashed across my path. I felt a hard thump. Thinking I must have hit an animal, I looked around but there was no animal or obstruction in the road. Since I was almost home, I continued, pulled into my garage and got out, grabbed a towel thinking I would go back and search the site  for an injured cat or dog, and take it to the emergency animal hospital. When I looked at the car to  inspect the damage there was no sign of impact, no hair or blood, no dents or scratches — but the front lights on both sides were dangling from cables. Very strange. When I returned to the site, I found no sign of an animal or anything. The repair shop said there was no evidence of any impact — my lights just fell out.

Last week, I was sitting at my computer when I heard a crash in the direction of my bedroom. When I went in to see what happened I saw nothing at first, until I looked in my walk in closet. A shelf had fallen, hitting the cloths rack and everything crashed to the floor. It was a hugh mess, and took hours to clean up and repair the damage.

I got a call on saturday morning from my step mother. She was in the hospital with my dad. He has been battling lung cancer for several months and has had a difficult time with chemo. On top of that, he was diagnosed with pneumonia last week, so I was pretty worried that he had been taken to the emergency room.

A friend of mine said something to me the other day,”Casi, if you didn’t have bad luck, you’d have no luck at all.” I laughed, but the truth is, things happen … life throws us curve balls all the time.

I am fortunate and am thankful for every day, everything and everyone in my life. The truth is, if the pilot had sneezed when his plane crashed, he could have landed in MY house. My lights were an easy repair — I wasn’t hurt, and I apparently didn’t hit an animal either. No one was hurt in my closet fiasco. My dad was dehydrated and is now back home. He is 82 and a fighter and I am so fortunate to have him in my life.

I want to leave you with 2 quotes about gratitude as you start your week:

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.  ~Aldous Huxley

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

How True!!! Look at the positives, not the negatives in your life. Nichole Nordeman is inspirational in the beautiful video and song above called “Gratitude.”

Casi

Video source: Youtube — Gratitude, by Nichole Nordeman

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