Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. – Melody Beattie
Today, we are reviewing OML Day 14, which is The Gift – Thanking Those Around You.
Your child kissing you good morning. The smell of fresh coffee brewing. The fragrance of a Spring Rain meshed with the smell of fresh cut grass as you sit on your front porch swing, breathing it in with the fresh, mist-filled air. The smell of bacon frying. The sound of a baby’s laughter or a toddler pwetending to wead a book. Oh, how I miss those sweet days. Although, she’s pretty darn sweet now, too. 😉 The taste and smell of warm, cinnamony apple pie. Wood burning on a crisp, Fall evening. The special time spent with family and friends around a delicious meal. Sunsets. Sunrises. The emaculate snow, glistening like diamond dust as the sun rises, muffling the sounds of the cars on a nearby road as they quietly brush past. Sweet puppy kisses.
Do you take these things for granted? When you find out you have a month to live, you breathe in a little deeper, taking in those fragrances, those aromas. You savor those flavors a little more deeply, slurping it into your memory, making the most of every moment as if it’s your last. You appreciate more. You appreciate sounds, laughter, music a bit more. You might dance as if you never danced. You hold your child a little closer, in your warm, loving embrace a little longer, a little more lovingly. You make some memories. You hang out with people you love, not only to treasure memories you are making for yourself, but helping to create loving, laughter-filled memories for those you are leaving behind, to help them remember your love even after you’ve gone.
Let those people who you hold near and dear to your heart know that you love them and cherish them, and show them your gratitude. Be glad to see the sun each new day, for holding hands with your spouse, to be able to kiss your Mama’s cheek, to watch your child smile. Thank God for every bit of joy that you receive, because, ultimately, every piece of joy you ever receive in your life is from him.
We should stop focusing so much on the next electronic gadget, the new car, that pair of designer shoes. Those are things and they don’t last and it won’t fill you up like the things that really matter. The most important things we should focus on are God, Jesus, our family members that we love, friends that are there for us, those little things like a car that’s paid for and works, a house that is small but warm in the winter and cool in the summer and when you walk into it, you’re home, like mine. It needs a bit of work, but it feels like an old slipper, comfortable and cozy.
I try to practice gratitude every day and I’ve raised Hallie to be glad in each new day and what it brings and for every blessing in her life. We focus on the important things. I may not be working, but we still have money in the bank, so we can eat and still pay bills, a home that’s paid for, an old car that’s paid for and runs, we are in good health, I have the daughter of my dreams and sweetest Mama in the world and God could not have done better by me.
What I wish for you is a heart filled with gladness. What I wish for you is knowing to focus not on what you want but what you have. What do you have? Name all the positive things about your life and the people who share your life. List all those things you love about each new day. List those daily sights, sounds, smells, feelings, flavors, singing along with your favorite music (even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket) and dancing around like nobody’s watchin’, wavin’ your hands in the air, waving ’em like ya just don’t care. That’s what I wish for you. Belly laughter every day. A tear shed once in a while, not just for sorrow, but more for joy. When you have a heart filled with gratitude, your heart is more open to God and he will fill your life with even more blessings. Gratitude is not only content for what you have, it brings peace to your soul and God puts it there. Be glad in each new day and for all that you have right now.
If you are new to having an attitude of gratitude, I encourage you, I challenge you to get a journal and write in it for 5-15 minutes every day, be it first thing in the morning or last thing before bed. Write down every single thing you are thankful for. Thank God for all those blessings, no matter how small you think these things are, no matter if you think they are insignificant. If they matter to you and make your heart smile, they are not insignificant. When you record your gratitude, it becomes a daily ritual of teaching your heart to focus more on what you do have and you eventually realize it’s more than enough.
Thank those people who have helped you in your life. Most importantly, thank God and Jesus, because they gave you all your blessings, including those people. I thank God for you. Love you! *hug*