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Being grateful

I love this reflection by Brother David Steindl-Rast where he invites us to become aware of the constant miracle we live in. I have watched this many times and its message still has the same impact on me today as it did the first time I heard it. As we are being inundated by doom and gloom messages it is so easy to forget that we all have so much to be grateful for.

Positive psychology has suggested that gratitude is a key component of personal happiness. Try incorporating gratitude into your daily routine. A simple way to do this is to pick a moment every day where you think of one thing for which you’re grateful. You could even record your thoughts in a gratitude journal.

Gratitude is a powerful emotion. It is an emotion of the here and now – not of the future nor the past. It has the capacity to transform our lives.

I hope you all have a really good day today and that you allow gratitude to work its magic on you.

A Good Day

You think this is just another day in your life.
It’s not just another day,
It’s the one day that is given to you, today.
It’s given to you, its a gift.
It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.
If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is.
If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open.
That incredible array of colours that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment.
Look at the sky.
We so rarely look at the sky.
We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going.
We just think of the weather, and even with the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances of weather.
We just think of good weather and bad weather.
This day right now, this unique weather, may be a kind that will never exactly in that form come again.
The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same that is right now.
Open your eyes, look at that.
Look at the faces of people whom you meet.
Each one has a incredible story behind their face.
A story that you could never fully fathom.
Not only their story but the story of their ancestors.
We all go back so far,
And in this present moment on this day,
All the people you meet,
All that life from generations and from so many places all over the world,
Flows together and meets you here, like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.
Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilisation gives to us.
You flip a switch and there is electric light.
You turn a faucet and there is warm water, and cold water, and drinkable water.
A gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.
These are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart.
And so I wish you that you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you.
That everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you.
Just by your eyes.
By your smile.
By your touch.
Just by your presence.
Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
Then, it will really be a good day.

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