The Importance of Gratitude
We all have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. I'm reminded of one of my favorite movies Pride of the Yankees: The Lou Gehrig Story. I love that scene where he gives his Luckiest Man Alive speech. Despite receiving devastating news Lou is able to see through it all and give thanks for the many blessings he had received.
Full text version of the Farewell Speech
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know.
"So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for."
I feel a bit like Lou Gehrig today. Sure I've had a minor setback losing my job at 540WFLA but I have so much to be grateful for this year. I'm blessed with a wonderful wife, 5 fantastic children, good health, great friends and loyal listeners like you. What more could a man ask for? I really am the luckiest man alive!