Gratitude

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 2:00pm by Gordon Myers

The CSO met this week and had each member share gratitude for everything in their lives our the past semester. We also started some preliminary planning for next semester. This meeting took place on Tuesday, December 13th, and Matteo shared some homemade Tiramisu. Jessica shared the following piece with the CSO:

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be: Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you. You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules: The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, It's over, the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted -- not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Maybe even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, wouldn't you?

Actually, this game is reality! Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it. This "magical bank" is time! Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven't lived up to that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time, without warning. So what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think. So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!

Gordon also read aloud an article written by Rebecca Odegaard, CSB titled, "A gratitude that brings healing--now" from the spirituality.com website. He also shared how deeply grateful he was to all the students who attend and make CSO possible.

For next semester, we tentatively agreed to hold meetings on either Monday or Thursday nights, with the goal of standardizing things to one night. Last year the CSO made a video production of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Gordon suggested they do a similar video production next semester with the much-shorter story of Elijah and the woman with the pot of oil. He also suggested that they agree upon a new meeting place besides the Student Center building to use periodically, such as the Helen C. White library or the new Union South building.

This meeting was concluded with further expressions of gratitude.


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