Thursday, November 10, 2011

Gratitude for today

How quickly each day passes. How precious our time with family and friends.

I am away from home, visiting with family and remembering things from the past, sharing stories with family members. I cherish these times, and am reminded yet again how easy it is to get swept up in the day's busyness and forget where we came from. No matter what the exact circumstances, all of our experiences lead us to where we are today. It doesn't help to dwell on things in the past and get stuck back there wishing things were different today. Acceptance is important. And time remembering can bring us to gratitude for right now.

I am grateful for the love and friendship of family and friends.
I am grateful for the wonder and joy of the young children in my life.
I am grateful for the cool, refreshing autumn mornings.
I am grateful for health and energy.
I am grateful for this day, and this time.

Yes, things are also happening around us that are troubling and frustrating. But frankly, we are powerless over them. We cannot really change those things right now, but we can work on our own attitude. And gratitude puts us in the here and now. Children need us to be present with them, focusing on their needs. They also learn from us when we show them how to take care of ourselves, how to balance our lives and be careful about getting carried away by too much.  Yes, we need to plan, some. And thankfully, we also learn from children play. They can teach us so much.... especially how to be grateful in this moment.

Just for today.... just for now.... gratitude.

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