The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it. ~Michael Josephson
Today started out with it’s usual Scottish grey sky with a side order of spitting rain. I remembered thinking, urggghhh! I could be on the beach, sunny sky, crystal clear waters. Instead I’m in this dreary, cold wet place. Why am I here?? Ahhh yes, I was looking for adventure! Like everything else, to truly appreciate a place, you have to look past it’s faults. Pulling my mind from the gutters I reflected on everything I had at home, which I’d be returning to in about 8 hours, my feeling of gratitude was almost overwhelming and I caught myself saying tiny prayer….. thank you! Suddenly the grey sky and spitting rain didn’t seem so bad after all.
The best and easiest form of prayer is that of giving thanks. Instead of asking for something, a simple thank you goes a long way. We are never given more than we need at any given time, and the thing that separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. A grateful mind never takes anything for granted. In the hustle of our daily life we ignore how much more we receive than give, it’s impossible to have a rich life without gratitude.
I often speak about my grandmother. Both in my blogs and in real life; because the highest tribute you can give to someone, especially someone you’ve lost is gratitude not grief . People who cross our paths, whether they are family or friends are be the greatest gift imaginable. Be thankful that you got the chance to experience something wonderful.
“There’s beauty in everyday and everyday is beautiful” ~Etta D. Richards