|A Scottish west coast beach...by paddle stroke.|
The act of both writing and reading these words is proof positive that we are alive - a reason for gratitude! Oh, I know, life's never quite "perfect", or sometimes anywhere close to it. The headlines are filled with events and situations that threaten peace and harmony and diminish life - and there is no shortage of those who will point this out to us. Instead of pointing only to the storm clouds, however, we must look beyond to the sun. Even amidst the struggles and the times we all stumble and fall, we are alive and we are capable of doing better. Gratitude helps us back up, encourages us, and reminds us that the next moment in time is filled with new possibilities that are within our reach.
There is no greater contributor to "happiness" in life than living with gratitude, one precious moment at a time. We don't have to be well off, or well-established, or well placed. We don't have to plan for it or reserve time for it or strategize how to do it...we just EXPRESS it, one moment at a time. Life doesn't have to be well-ordered, under control, or even hospitable...gratitude can survive in a virtual vacuum. It's good "medicine" with no contraindications or side effects. There are no downsides. Feeling gratitude is win-win..every time.
Gratitude comforts, strengthens, inspires. It freshens, rejuvenates, enlivens, and heals. It takes the power out of heartache and helps to dry our tears. It amplifies joy and nurtures peace of mind. It transforms life's dark and uncertain horizons into "blue sky" days. It seeks the best for others and warms the hearts of all around us. It expresses love and reflects compassion.
Gratitude empowers us, enriches us, and makes every good thing possible.
It takes us from the narrow, darkened valleys, and places us on the summits. Gratitude gives us brilliant perspective...to see earth, sky, and sea, and one another, with much deeper appreciation and respect.
|Joan, on an English Lake District summit...by footstep.|
Wishing you peace and gratitude-filled days, throughout this brand New Year. :)