I woke up this morning with a song in my head that I haven’t thought about for years. It was a song from my childhood that we used to sing in church on Sundays and my mom used to sing to us when she tried to get us to take naps on sunny spring afternoons.
I don’t know why this particular song was playing in my head this morning, but I’m taking it as a sign that I need to start being more grateful for the little things in my life….the things we often overlook as adults: the birds chirping in the trees, the warm sun on our faces, the sound of a friend’s voice, the hug from a loved-one, the laughter of a child, and the brilliant hues of a sunset. These things–among many others–I am grateful for today.
Several years ago, I wrote a biography on Helen Keller. While doing the research, I discovered a speech she gave at the Utah School for the Deaf back in 1934. It was a beautiful account of all the things she would do if she only had three days to see. I loved it.
Here’s the speech in its entirety: “If I had only three days to see.”
And, while you’re reading it, listen to the tune that was playing in my mind this morning. I found the mp3 version online. I titled it here with one of my favorite lines from the second verse. I hope it helps you remember all of the wonderful things you have in your life too.
Have a great day! 🙂