(Header photo: Oregon Central Coast, by Hadi Dadashian)
Gratitude: “the state of being grateful”
I thought I was living a life of gratitude.
Then I almost died. Several times.
I was near-dead after an IED was hurled at our vehicle near Gardez, Afghanistan on March 4, 2002.
After a coma, and surgery in five countries, gratitude took on new meaning.
Gratitude became more meaningful still when my heart stopped during the last major surgery, and it had to removed so a surgeon could literally squeeze it back to life.
I always figured I squeezed the most out of life.
But I live even more fully now, in a constant state of gratitude.