I first published this posts, End of the Day Musings, on March 29, 2011. Much has happened between then and now; events that I have immensely enjoyed, and situations I would never have asked to be a part of, but in the midst of it all, the good, the bad and the devastating, I am blessed and I have much to be grateful for.
Gratitude goes a long way in getting us through the rough times. It also helps propel us out of the not-so-good times and into the do-able phase, and then the life-is-good stage.
Gratitude is as important to healthy living and satisfying relationships as oxygen is to life.
Gratitude is a beautiful thing.
Having gratitude changes the way we look at circumstances in the worst of times. It also enhances the best of the best that life has to offer.
I’m not always in the mood to find things to be grateful for but when I do take the time to count my blessings, I find I have much to be thankful for and that always puts me in a better frame of mind.
I wrote the following couple of paragraphs during a time when life wasn’t so good:
“I sit and listen to my favorite sound as I bid good-bye to this day…my two sons playing their guitars and singing the songs they have written. As their voices blend in harmonious unity I am reminded of the frustrations of the day, the limiting issues that I cannot control and the stifling circumstances that I cannot fix. But right now, here in this moment, I am content”.
Gratitude and contentment seem to go hand-in-hand.
Tomorrow will bring its own new set of issues and circumstances and I will once again attempt to balance the reality of present-day with plans for all the tomorrows to come.
Along the way I determine to find quiet joy as I relish the beauty of my family.
I am blessed.
How about you? What are your gratitudes for today?