Thursday, November 24, 2005

I am Grateful

Gratitude is an important virtue that is perhaps relegated to the back of our minds as we go through our lives. One of the reasons I enjoy Thanksgiving is because it gives me the opportunity to think about Gratitude more than I would on a normal day.

Today was a most excellent day in which I didn't do anything that related to my educational pursuit. I started reading Christopher Paolini's sequel to Eragon, titled Eldest, hopefully I will finish it up tonight. I finally made it to the movie theater to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; and finally enjoyed a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving dinner that had been lovingly prepared by my mother with my family. It was nice to be able to put aside school, even if just for a day. There are a lot of schoolish things that need tending to, but that can happen tomorrow. Today is a day for rest and thanks.

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to slow things down for a bit, and realize that life is a bit larger than type systems, low level operating system code, and the theory of Turing Machines. I am grateful for a loving family, and for supportive friends. I am grateful for the privilege that it is to be pursuing a degree at a university. I am grateful for music, and fine art, and the way that it expresses the human condition. I am grateful for the opportunity that each of us has to learn and grow in this wonderful experience called life. It is easy to loose perspective, and yes, there are lots of horrible things happening in this world, but there is also a lot of good. Certainly, God is watching over us, and that is one of the greatest blessings we have all been given.