So Much To Be Thankful For

October 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I am grateful for filmmakers like Louie Schwartzberg who use their gifts and talents to inspire others. The beauty and awe involved in the connection between us as humans and the amazing world that we live in is so beautifully captured in this short video. Fostering gratitude within our days opens our eyes wider to the opportunities and gifts that surround us on our journey of potential. These opportunities and gifts are always present, whether we see them, experience connection to self, others and the world around us through them, or make a positive difference within our spheres of influence is then up to us.

Rather than concentrating on what we don’t have, we are able to choose to focus on all that we do have and can be thankful for. We could all recall a news story that we may have seen or a first hand experience of when someone may have ‘lost’ everything, all their material possessions, but are just so thankful to have life, their family, friends, health or safety. All the ‘stuff’ in our lives isn’t the driver of connection, rather our humanness, feelings of love, togetherness, understanding, wonder and potential that give us purpose and meaning. Taking the time to stop and reflect within the busyness of our days provides us with greater awareness and appreciation.

Today is a gift, this is the moment that we are experiencing right now. We are able to make the best of who we are, what we have and the opportunities that present themselves. We are able to be present in each of our interactions. As the little girl in the video remarks, when you start to explore, you want to go deeper. What daily thoughts and actions are driving your ability to build connection to self, others and the world around us? As we view and interpret messages and information, some 80% through our eyes as is mentioned in the video, what do we choose to focus on and see? We are all able to develop gratitude as the compass that directs our days.

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

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