#30DaysofThanks: Thankful for life after Paris attacks

Paris attacks kill more than 150

Today, Nov. 14, I am thankful for life. That is, I am thankful to be alive. As many of you probably know, more than 120 people died in Paris attacks yesterday (Friday, Nov. 13) as the result of acts of terrorism throughout the city.

I am grateful that those attacks did not happen on U.S. soil, while at the same time my heart breaks for the innocents  lost and the families who grieve today.

I am grateful that I woke up today alive, and that so many of the friends and family I love are also alive and safe.

This is not the first time I have been consciously grateful to be alive. I have experienced two other times in my life where I could have died or thought I truly may die. Once on the other side of those times, I realized how truly blessed I was to have woken up another day.

I hate that events like this happen. I despise the evil individuals who commit acts of violence toward people simply out living their lives. However, it is times like these that my resolve to live – and to live well – is strengthened. That could have happened in the United States. It could have been our loved ones. It could have been us. If not an attack like that, it could be cancer. Old age. Heart disease. Mental illness. A criminal act of violence. A car accident.

All of us will face death, and none of us knows the exact hour or circumstance or place. Please let these terrible events remind you that life is precious and fleeting.

Join me in being grateful for life.

Will you join me in taking the #30DaysofThanks challenge? Each day from Nov. 1-30, write or share something for which you’re thankful with the hash tag #30DaysofThanks.