I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder ~ G.K. Chesterton
I really should write more about gratitude. If you sit and think hard about all the things you should be grateful and happy for I can guarantee life seems more beautiful and more wondrous than before. If you switch the focus from the unobtainable to what you already possess, it is so uplifting.
Recently two pieces of news have saddened me, these aren’t headline stories but personal tragedies of people I know of. People who died before their time.
Tragic events like these make me very conscious of the fact I am alive. Right now in this moment, I am alive.
Sometimes I take for granted I will be here tonight and here tomorrow, here next year. When I say goodbye to friends or family I assume I will see them again, many things left unsaid or for another time. It’s about time I stopped saying ‘there’s always tomorrow’.
There are little flecks of magic in every second of every minute of each day, regardless of whether you can see it or not. They aren’t obvious and I think to see them and appreciate them you have to actively look and acknowledge their existence.
Bad day or good day. You’ve learned something. Maybe you’ve stepped out of your comfort zone, tested your character, persevered, gained insight, shown emotional strength, been assertive, found a happy place, conquered your fears or broadened your horizons. You have had the gift of another day.
You are living.