The Greatest Gift

As I sit in a cafe to write this, I feel a cool breeze on my face from Chiang Mai’s December mountain air with a view of the banana trees, bamboo bushes, other greens, and the blue sky in the horizon along with the background tunes of Diana Krall.   And Jack, my beloved husband, sitting across from me, while we discuss holiday plans, future plans, and such!

Tomorrow is not promised to us. It doesn’t matter if the glass is half-full or half-empty. I am thankful that I have a glass and am grateful there is something in it. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!

Here in Thailand, our lives are of the simplest form. And though we have a lot less material *stuff and things* than we ever did before while living in the US  almost four years ago, we live our lives being painfully aware of how fortunate we are to be alive and breathing. We are not stricken by illness. We have each other. We have shelter over our head and food on the table.  We have learned and have managed to find joy in the every day’s ordinary. Like today! This moment!  We have learned from living our simplified life that having less *things* has given us more life.

Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. So today, I thank our family and friends for being part of our lives. I thank them for sharing our journey through this blog.

As we approach the holiday season that has sadly become a victim of commercialization and materialism and seems to have drifted away from the purpose of the celebrations of Christmas, please remember this!

Tomorrow is not promised! The greatest gift you will ever have is not in a fancy store or neatly wrapped-up in a box with a shiny bow under a tree, but in the hearts of your loving family and your true friends.

From our family to yours, family and friends, near and far: wishing you a purposeful holiday season!

May we all live our lives on purpose!

Cheers from Jack, Aye and Emma! The Got Passport Trio.


Camped our way to California
This is us camping our way through National Parks from Texas to California.  Leg one of our 3-month long summer sabbatical, 2009.




3 thoughts on “The Greatest Gift

  1. So nice to read your post. I stumbled upon it. Happy to have a glass too. mine has some beer in it. Just returned from Thailand. Will go back. Not sure if i will come back. Best to you and Jack and M.

  2. A lovely message and reminder. I’m right there with you! I’m even more struck by this after I visit my friend who had his tragic accident. It’s amazing how quickly life can change. Enjoy it and breathe. Hugs from this side of town!

    1. Hey Lani,

      Thanks so much for your comments here. So you are the ONE reading our blog! It’s always good to see you here and read your upbeat and supportive comments. We appreciate it. Hugs back! I hope you are enjoying the tea from Taiwan!

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