As we rush through life I realize how much we may tend to miss out.
Our daily struggles with schedules and achievements may at times deviate us from the powerful reality of the ‘here and now’ – and the things that are really important in our life.
Over the past three weeks I had the opportunity to spend some time out from my normal work and I realized how such time can truly re-create your spirit.
I managed to connect once more with my wife and children and I lived the moments of tucking in my son to bed, kissing him on the cheek and listening to the smart comments he constantly makes!
I also took my daughter and family out to dinner for my daughter’s 18th birthday to a Chinese restaurant that we had never gone to and we truly enjoyed it. Most importantly I made some quality time Coaching my other son about the issues and challenges facing a young 13 year old who is struggling to find his place in life.
It’s not that I normally do not do these things. I do enjoy going out to dinners with my family and my schedule is quite a maddening rush at times.
But when you actually stop and SAVOR each moment in full awareness of what you are doing – the difference is truly remarkable.
And I realized just how important it is for us to have a sense of GRATITUDE.
Gratitude for the life we already enjoy and for the small things that we may not connect with.
Gratitude for the ability to be self-aware and to really experience life like no other creature on earth can.
Gratitude for our family, for the work that provides our living standard, for our friends, for the little butterfly that flies around a beautiful flower, for the noise of children playing in the park …. for so many small things we take for granted everyday.
Why is Gratitude important?
Gratitude makes us aware of the Abundance that the Universe continuously sustains us with.
It makes us more aware of life itself, of each moment that we experience and of each blessing that we enjoy.
Gratitude also opens us up to receive even more blessings. The more we are grateful the more we tap our inner resources and the more we attract new opportunities.
The more we are grateful the more we influence those around us positively and in turn this will rebound back to us.
So make a resolution for the year 2010 – practice being grateful for all the small and big things that you enjoy in life.