Lucky Me

July 13, 2012 § 27 Comments

I’m driving into town for an early morning breakfast with my friend.  Traffic is thick.  I see an opening in the lane next to me and start to accelerate into the space but then see that the car directly in front of me has simply stopped.  I’m able to brake and avoid the collision.  I travel on.

At breakfast a drop of syrup falls from my fork, landing exactly in the center of my wrist and not in my lap.  With my finger I bring the spilled syrup to my lips.

I’m writing now in my friend’s offices in the midst of the city.  The sky is gray, the air is cool.   The window beside me is open to the urban landscape.  I am surrounded by old buildings, rust and weeds, wildflowers and gardens.  I hear the symphony of sounds- dripping water, traffic humming, the quiet murmurs of the people at their desks.  All so evocative, so beautiful.

Lucky me.

We hear so often that we should feel gratitude for each precious moment and for all the great blessings we have received.  But too often, this conception exists for us only in the abstract.  Worse yet, we often feel as though we are somehow obliged to possess this feeling and so, when we inevitably fall into some negative place, we feel guilty.

Appreciating the wonder and goodness of life is not an obligation.  And it’s not just an abstraction.   All that it requires is to be present in your moment- open and ready to feel and see what is right there.  The lucky fortuity of an accident averted or a drop of syrup falling in just the right way or the stunning imagery that’s just outside your window.

I am beyond blessed.  And even in those moments of struggle, I possess the capacity to struggle.  Lucky me.

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§ 27 Responses to Lucky Me

  • All morning long…..I have torn myself away from your posts…in order to get on with the business of learning about my new camera…Only to find myself drifting back to WordPress and your blog, reading just ‘one more’ of your posts.

    sigh….What a totally WONDERFUL and DELICIOUS way to spend my Saturday morning…..discovering…I can do and enjoy doing….BOTH!!

  • jillbware says:

    I feel these near misses, or close calls as the epitome of grace…it could have gone one way, but it went the other…lucky:) Beautifully written – your style is really something special – so quiet, and contemplative. Anything that makes me audibly exhale after I finish reading it is aces in my book.

    • Thomas Ross says:

      Jill, I have offices at home and the University and I still seek out other spots to work- so I biked to the local library this afternoon. A difficult time, struggling some, but then I opened this lovely reply from you. Perfect timing. Lucky again.

      Thank you. Tom

  • After reading your comment to my blog, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. Very much needed at the present moment. Thank you. 🙂

    • Thomas Ross says:

      Tansy, such a kind thing for you to say. When you tell me that my writing has helped, even in some small way, you give me the greatest gift. Thank you. Tom

  • Anitra says:

    Your final paragraph sent shivers down my spine. Yup, even in those moments when we struggle, the fact that we’re here at all is pretty miraculous. Thank you for this poetry (it IS poetry!).

  • Julianna says:

    Beautiful, as ever.

  • Terrific post Thomas…

  • pdlyons says:

    appreciation is the antithesis of deepression. sometimes there may seem to be (or indeed is) only one drop in the whole day – i think thats why its called a path, one step does indeed lead…. any way glad you found yourself lucky on the day. may you have many more

  • Susan Cooper/ says:

    I so get this. Last night I on a very dark and rainy night I watch fireworks over the Versailes Castle. It was an amazing experience. We could have focused on the rain but we didn’t. Lucky me. 🙂

    • Thomas Ross says:

      Susan, hey, lucky you to be there.

      I do find that I’m much less likely to get wrapped up in the conventional understandings about what constitutes “good” weather these days. All good. Tom

  • dadirri7 says:

    LUcky you, lucky me, thanks for writing Thomas 🙂

  • julienmatei says:

    So…we never know what triggers the “secret moment” 😉

  • julienmatei says:

    You know that it is said that Marcel Proust was so inspired by just a sinlge bite from the – now famous – Madeleine cake, that due to that great taste, he wrote 13! novels 😉

  • Janelle says:

    Gratitude is simply living in a state of appreciation of the moment. Really beautiful writing. And happy to hear you avoided car crashes and sticky clothes!

  • jungianpilgrim says:

    As you said “And even in those moments of struggle, I possess the capacity to struggle. Lucky me.” These words are so true, and so wise. Somehow you were graced to see this moment as someplace to be in fully rather than to escape as a victim. Thank you.

  • fgassette says:

    Lucky for us to read and experience your present moment and for encouraging us to appreciate our own.


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