Today marks the one year mark of my blog and the anniversary of Beethoven’s 246th birthday. (See my first blog, Music Therapy.) I have just finished watching, “Immortal Beloved.” Again. This year, I shared some of it with my son. You’re never too young or old to learn about Ludwig.
A whole year has gone by since I started writing about natural caregiving, and so very much has changed for me. I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I won’t. I don’t want to look back – I am facing forward. What I do understand though is that many of us put our focus on things that don’t really matter, things that seem to give us pleasure, but in the long run, are inconsequential. I’m glad I spent time with Mom, even if it did mean forsaking a lot of things I might otherwise have done. I received far more than I gave up.
As she would always say, “People are more important than things.” Amen.
With the Ninth Symphony playing in the background as I write, I reflect on the words to ‘Ode to Joy.’ I want to take this landmark day to express my gratitude for some of the good that I have experienced:
I am grateful for my family – for the love I feel toward them, and that I receive from them.
I am grateful for my friends – some of whom I have known for a great many years, and some I just recently met.
I am grateful for all the memories I can conjure up at will of the wonderful times I have had with my loved ones.
I am grateful for the education I’ve had and talents I’ve acquired.
I’m grateful for my strong body and able mind.
I’m grateful that I have always had money enough for my needs and some of my wants, and ample to share with those in need.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to marry, to have children, to work, to own a home and to travel.
I’m grateful for all the musicians and artists and writers that I now enjoy, and all the technology that allows me to do so.
I’m grateful for all the opportunities that are offered to me each day to grow, to learn, and to create peace and beauty in my world.
I’m grateful for today. Every day.
That’s enough for now. I have to get ready for a Christmas Party.
Happy Birthday, Ludwig!
English “Ode to Joy” Translation
O friends, no more of these sounds!
Let us sing more cheerful songs,
More songs full of joy!
Joy, bright spark of divinity,
Daughter of Elysium,
Fire-inspired we tread
Within thy sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers,
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.
Whoever has created
An abiding friendship,
Or has won
A true and loving wife,
All who can call at least one soul theirs,
Join our song of praise;
But those who cannot must creep tearfully
Away from our circle.
All creatures drink of joy
At natures breast.
Just and unjust
Alike taste of her gift;
She gave us kisses and the fruit of the vine,
A tried friend to the end.
Even the worm can feel contentment,
And the cherub stands before God!
Gladly, like the heavenly bodies
Which He sent on their courses
Through the splendor of the firmament;
Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
Like a hero going to victory!
You millions, I embrace you.
This kiss is for all the world!
Brothers, above the starry canopy
There must dwell a loving father.
Do you fall in worship, you millions?
World, do you know your creator?
Seek Him in the heavens;
Above the stars must he dwell.