Every Thursday Holly Mueller from Reading, Teaching, Learning, creates a place where readers can share their spiritual journeys.
A few weeks ago, I came across a tweet about a girl named Brittany Maynard. Brittany was a young woman who had a terminal brain tumor and chose to end her life on her own terms before the cancer did it for her. This story grabbed my heart and did not let go.
This post is not about what she did because it is not my place to judge. It is about what she said. I am sure being face to face with one's mortality would be the catalyst to change and the inspiration to very deep thinking. As I read her obituary, I was inspired by her words.
It is people who pause to appreciate life and give thanks who are happiest. If we change our thoughts, we change our world! Love and peace to you all." ~ Brittany Maynard
Her words made me question whether I am pausing or am I racing through this one life I have. Am I assuming the people in my life know I am thankful, or am I letting them know before it is too late. I like to think I am a grateful person, but I know there are many times when I do not pause.
Reading Brittany's words gave me a nudge. She knew her days were numbered. I know my days in this life are numbered too. The only difference is she made the best of those days she had left. She chose to change her world by changing her thoughts. Seems rather simplistic, but the magnitude of her words could be life changing.
Today, I pause.
Today, I reflect.
Today, I thank.
Today, I challenge you to do the same.
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." ~Colossians 3:17