Many years ago as we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with our friends and colleagues at the Canadian Mission in Warsaw our Ambassador asked each one of us to tell the group something that we were thankful for. At the time it was difficult to give voice to only one of the many blessings that had been given us. When the same question is asked today it is, perhaps with the passage of time, even more difficult. How do you list all the things that you have been blessed with in your life when there is so much?
I was going to put together a video from photos using one of my favourite versions of Edith Temple and Richard Morgan’s lovely ballad Count Your Blessings but found it too difficult. I didn’t want to forget anything or anyone and to do that would take an epic of Wagnerian proportion. So instead I found this video of that version recorded by five very unique vocalists in concert at the CBC back in 1993. It’s as simple and, to my mind, lovely as the song itself.
“And you will find this world a place of love
If you just count your blessings from above.”
I have been blessed and I am thankful.
On this day in 1897: German chemist Felix Hoffmann discovers an improved way of synthesizing acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).