We humans get so caught up in the web of our daily lives – the responsibilities, the obligations and the routine, the dullness of our repetitive activities as well as our frustrations, pains and fears, that we can easily lose sight of the countless gifts that steadily flood our experience.  

And yet, we are surrounded at all times by miracles and by love.Take the intricacies and genius of the human body, for example…  With little effort from us, the body maintains itself 24/7, even while we sleep.  Oxygen is assimilated, food is digested, cuts heal, minor, physical imbalances and illnesses correct themselves.

And observe the natural world – the perfection of it, the beauty and raw power, the way it sustains life on our planet and the way it is always available to inspire us when we allow it.  The weather… the seasons… the constantly changing variety of color, light and fragrance…

And look at the dear beings in our lives and what they bring to us:  Children and old people, our families and partners, our close friends and pets.  The daily gifts of conversation and laughter.  What’s better than that?

Let’s determine for ourselves, beginning today, that we shall live in a state of appreciation, wonder and deep gratitude.

If the pain of your life is too great to relate to this suggestion, begin by keeping a gratitude journal.  Every night before sleep, start by writing down 10 things you have to be grateful for including blessings – big or small – that occurred throughout your day.

This may be a challenging exercise at first, but gradually 10 things won’t begin to be enough…

Whatever your situation or circumstances, commit today to living your life in a state of gratitude and wonder.  As you do this, witness the magic that begins to take place in your life…

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