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Gratitude Observation

Let the new day awaken your appreciation

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." --Epictetus

We seem to constantly be consuming information from current events to Podcasts, books on audible or binge watching our favorite shows. We post, tweet and text updates of our latest escapes or successes. We monitor our likes and who is commenting. We spend our time planning and seeking the next level or goal we are trying to reach.

All the while looking ahead at where we are trying to go. Often through the screens on our smartphones. We take trips and attend events to record them and share. All the while focused more on the sharing than the experiencing.

Here is my life observation which is beautifully summed up in the Ted Video below.

Gratitude requires us to witness and participate in moments themselves. If allows us to go beyond appreciation and actually feel a sense of joy and wonder in the moment. Life offers so many of these moments in our days, yet too often we are speeding to the next thing we don't stand still long enough to look up and sense the beauty in the day.

When we begin with a sense of gratitude for where we are we become aware of our present, as well as our past and this will enable us to dream and plan our future.

It is possible to reach our destination if we know where we are starting from.

Questions to consider:

  • How often do I feel a sense of gratitude?

  • What can I do to make feeling gratitude a habit?

  • What positive effect have I noticed gratitude have on my life?

Please share your thoughts on gratitude.

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