I tend to get a lot of "chain" or "viral" emails but this is one email that arrived, entitled "One of the nicest emails ever", which I actively wanted to pass on as widely as possible. Closely preceding the celebrations for Thanksgiving across the big pond, this is an email that reads like a poem, feels like a wish and heals like a prayer.
And to JR for originally sending this to me - Thank you!
"I AM THANKFUL:
FOR THE WIFE WHO SAYS IT'S HOT DOGS TONIGHT,
BECAUSE SHE IS HOME WITH ME, AND NOT OUT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.
FOR THE HUSBAND WHO IS ON THE SOFA BEING A COUCH POTATO,
BECAUSE HE IS HOME WITH ME AND NOT OUT AT THE BARS.
FOR THE TEENAGER WHO IS COMPLAINING ABOUT DOING DISHES,
BECAUSE IT MEANS SHE IS AT HOME, NOT ON THE STREETS.
FOR THE TAXES I PAY,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM EMPLOYED.
FOR THE MESS TO CLEAN AFTER A PARTY,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.
FOR THE CLOTHES THAT FIT A LITTLE TOO SNUG,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE ENOUGH TO EAT.
FOR MY SHADOW THAT WATCHES ME WORK
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM OUT IN THE SUNSHINE.
FOR A LAWN THAT NEEDS MOWING, WINDOWS THAT NEED CLEANING, AND GUTTERS THAT NEED FIXING
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE A HOME.
FOR ALL THE COMPLAINING I HEAR ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT,
BECAUSE WE HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
FOR THE PARKING SPOT I FIND AT THE FAR END OF THE PARKING LOT,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM CAPABLE OF WALKING.
FOR MY HUGE HEATING BILL,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I AM WARM.
FOR THE LADY BEHIND ME IN CHURCH WHO SINGS OFF KEY,
BECAUSE I CAN HEAR HER.
FOR WEARINESS AT THE END OF THE DAY,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I'VE BEEN EMPLOYED.
FOR THE ALARM THAT JOLTS ME IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS,
BECAUSE IT MEANS I'M STILL ALIVE.
AND FOR FAR TOO MANY E-MAILS
BECAUSE IT MEANS I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT ME."
"Thank You" Alanis Morissette
"Thank you providence,
thank you disillusionment,
thank you nothingness,
thank you clarity,
thank you thank you silence"