In Denver there is a storytelling event that happens every month called “The Narrators.” They could be actors, comedians, or everyday folk; once there was even a poet laureate. There is a theme each month, and the only requirement is the story must involve the narrator and be a true event. November’s theme was “Under Your Skin.”
The stories for me were heart felt and eye opening. There was a man who shared when he and his wife discovered their 10-month-old daughter was completely deaf. She now has cochlear implants that require frequent adjustments so she can hear. A comedian had to overcome being born without a hip. A young woman with type-1 diabetes spoke about how she almost died before being properly diagnosed. Yet another speaker with Parkinson’s talked slowly and deliberately as she shared that she could now stand before us because the doctors placed implants in her chest. The implants send impulses to her brain to slow down her tremors. She calls them her “chest-testicles.” The adjustments she receives can on occasion bring bliss or tears.
All of the storytellers have had huge physical obstacles to overcome, and they are all in the midst of turmoil on a daily basis. And yet they smile and bring light into their lives and those around them. As I drove home that night I was flooded with gratitude. My minor problems seemed infinitesimal.
On this month of gratitude, take a moment to be aware of the things you have that make life worth living.
In gratitude for you,
Bring friends, family and your favorite dish.