On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the influence of Dr. Robert Schuller in my life. Although I never met the founder of the Crystal Cathedral in person, I owe him a great debt.  Dr. Tom Guerry, his wife Vickie, their son Ben and I were in California for the national convention of The American Speech Language and Hearing Association. We decided to attend a Sunday service at the cathedral. It was at a very low point in my life for I had suffered the loss of my mother, father and wife over a three year period. The cathedral is beautiful. Spectacular might be a better word. The program was amazing and chocked full of happenings including interviews with Mariette Hartley and Paul Anka. The music was inspiring. When Dr. Schuller spoke he said, “Stop thinking about what you have lost and think about what you have left.” His words hit the right nerve at the right time. I know that I had heard those words before, but this time they reregistered. When I returned home I started making a list each day of what I had to be thankful for starting. with my two children, my grandson and my sister. I was faithful to the task until the list became too long to continue. His message is fresh in my mind. As I face new challenges each day, I still remember to count my blessings and name them one by one. There are too many to count. I have read many of his books. He is a fantastic story teller. One of his sayings that I cling to is, “Inch by inch, everything is a cinch.” Thank you, Dr. Schuller.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop