I find myself lately being overwhelmed at times by a great and deep sense of gratitude. I will be lying in bed at night or making coffee in the morning or driving to the grocery store. The surroundings may differ, but the feeling is the same. I would not say that I am one that has a bounty of material things, this is not where true gratitude in your soul will arise. I do, however, have a wealth of blessings that money cannot buy.
Each time that this feeling has rushed over me, it has had one origination point. I have been thinking of, speaking to or about my daughter. She is now 5 years old. I see how she is loved and therefore loves, how she is creative, joyful, humorous, empathetic and full of energy. I see also where I was at 5 years old. My parents had just divorced, my mom was raising 3 children with very little help and she worked very late hours. I found myself being very motherly [which I still tend to do with my siblings]. I remember the 5, 6, 7 year old me and I can’t help but rejoice at the blessing that is my 5 year old daughter.
I have heard many times that we, as parents, are to have the goal of raising our children to far exceed what we ever did [or dream of doing]. I see much potential in my daughter and I want nothing more than to nurture this and see her grow into the astounding and beautiful creation that God spoke into existence before the world was even formed.
How can we not be grateful? When you look into the eyes of your child, your niece or nephew. How can you not be captivated by the eagerness, zeal, astonishment, curiosity and potential lying within?
Look around you. Look behind you. See that from which you have risen and rejoice! See the blessings that the Lord has bestowed on you and your family and rejoice! Allow yourself to be overwhelmed with gratitude and walk that out. You can only be better for it.
“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ~Marcus Aurelius
Something came to me today. Something I believe to be of great significance. Something I believe will shape my approach in life. Allow me to elaborate.
A very simple statement came to me today. “Enjoy bringing beauty to the lives of others today.” Wow. I am embracing this statement because if we approach life in this manner, it will greatly transform us. Might we look at each and every interaction with the outlook that we are either bringing beauty to another or bringing ugliness to them? Imagine if when we spoke to our husbands, wives, children, co-workers, friends, acquaintances…imagine if we determined to bring beauty to that interaction, to that conversation, to that moment.
Beauty –> possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc. delighting the senses or mind. excellent of its kind. a work of art. grace. charm.
Can we aim to delight one another? Can we aim to be that interaction in the day that caused the other to be satisfied and smile? Can we aim to be excellent?
Can we believe that these moments in our day are a work of art?
I am challenging myself to enjoy bringing beauty to the lives of others each and every day. Join the challenge.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
I have been muted for awhile. And then I stumble upon a quote such as this. It enriches me. It inspires me. It moves me.
The summer has descended upon us and I believe there is no better time than summer to embrace such a warcry for your life. Embrace LIVING life to the fullest, embrace new and rich experiences. Each morning, wake up and believe that this day you will not overlook or pass by any opportunity presented. Such an opportunity can be to smell a beautiful flower, to play on the playground equipment with your children or to take the lead on a new account at work. All of these are rich experiences in life and will instill valuable character, demeanor and perspective within you that will last a lifetime.
Now is the time. No longer muted, but invigorated by the life that is at your doorstep.
“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher