In the movie "Saving Private Ryan", the Captain of the platoon (played by Tom Hanks) lies mortally wounded. His dying words to Private Ryan (played by Matt Damon) are "earn this". It's a powerful moment at the conclusion of a brutal film. Those two words have remained with me ever since.
How much of what each of us are given do we earn vs. take for granted? I have had a supportive family and friends for most of my life. I've tried to be grateful for those people and for my other good fortune. But to me, simple gratitude is not the same as earning what has been given to me. To earn it, I have to go beyond being grateful; I have to remain worthy. That's where I've sometimes come up short. How about you?
One friend who reads this blog regularly told me I sometimes sound depressed here; I am not depressed. On my more pensive days (like today), I'm aiming for authenticity without morbidity. But I'm interested knowing your view on all days about whatever I write here. If I wait to write on only my sunny days (and during just the sunny hours of those sunny days), I believe I'll sacrifice some authenticity. I don't want that to happen.