January 15

Today's quotation:

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning
light, for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food
and the joy of living.  If you see no reason for giving
thanks, the fault lies in yourself.

Tecumseh

Today's Meditation:

I've found this to be very good advice.  There have been days, of course, when I've woken up in bad moods and I haven't felt the gratitude that I could have felt, but when I feel grateful for the life I have and the food I eat and the people I know, I feel richer as a human being, for I know that I'm truly blessed and that feeling of being blessed is a real part of my life, not just something that I talk about as an abstract idea.

We all have the choice of feeling and showing gratitude or not.  We all have the choice of recognizing our blessings and appreciating them, or not appreciating them because we're hoping or wishing for something different, something more.  When we do spend our time wishing for things we don't have, life becomes a different--and usually very negative-- experience.  When we decide to focus on gratitude and the thankfulness that we have for all of the good things in our lives, then that attitude of ours helps to paint our days brightly and cheerfully, and we live surrounded by blessings constantly rather than wishing we were somewhere else or had more.

Is it possible to condition ourselves to express our gratitude each morning when we wake up?  Perhaps we could leave a note, or a series of notes, reminding ourselves to make gratitude a high priority.  Perhaps we could program a message to come over our phones or in our emails to remind us of the importance of feeling gratitude on this particular day.  If we don't do so, then we most certainly can't blame any of our feelings or thoughts that rob us of happiness on anyone else--it will be our choice, and only our choice.

My choice today is to be grateful for the life that I have, and the opportunities that I have to experience the beautiful, the not-so-beautiful, and even the ugly so that I can learn more about what it means to be human and to live and to love.  And I want to be thankful because my gratitude can help me to live more deeply and fully.

Questions to consider:

What do you have to give thanks for in this very moment?

How many people on this planet have less to give thanks for than you do?

What would a day be like if we were to give thanks for every aspect of that day?

For further thought:

Practicing gratitude will help us more fully appreciate what has been offered us.  Being grateful influences our attitude; it softens our harsh exterior and takes the threat out of most new situations.

unattributed

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