Have you ever heard of Ray Wylie Hubbard?
My dad mentions him a lot. So, I decided to do some research.
What did I learn? Ray Wylie Hubbard is a genius.
A storytelling, lyrical genius.
‘Mama gimme a nickel and a deck of cards
Said go on and play in the back yard
Walking down the alley come my Uncle Lonnie
Said lemme teach ya about Three-card Monte
Take the ace of hearts and two black queens
Flip ’em over so they can’t be seen
Spin ’em around four or five times
Bet a nickel find the ace and win a dime
Ten minutes later I had thirty five dollars
Singing ain’t misbehaving by the great Fats Waller
I believe I’m gonna count my blessings
I believe I’m gonna count my blessings’
Weekly coffee meetings with my dad.
No way I would have ever known about Ray Wylie Hubbard without those meetings, for which I am truly thankful.
Daily, I strive to remind myself of all of the things for which to be grateful.
The gratitude game. I try to play it everyday. I kind of squeeze it in as a part of my daily prayer routine.
Normally, I’m driving somewhere, I have 15 minutes of solitude, so I’ll play on my way to the appointment.
Here’s how to play: List out loud everything you’re grateful for until you run out of things to list.
” I’m thankful for my truck, my house, my wife, my kids, my mom, my dad, my brothers, my sisters, my relationships, the sun, air, water, trees, my laptop, my desktop, my iPhone, Siri, Alexa….”
I’m sure you get the point.
The truth is, I never really got the point until a few years ago.
The miracles that happen everyday that sustain and enrich our lives, I took for granted.
The truth is, if you’re honest with yourself, you will never finish the gratitude game. Literally, it is an infinity game. Your blessings are so plentiful it’s impossible to name them all.
Tomorrow, Ray Wylie Hubbard will make his debut–a welcomed addition to my gratitude game.