I begin every morning by taking my dogs for a short walk. Then I come inside make myself some some avocado toast, and a fresh pot of french press coffee (I like it stroooooong). Then I read and meditate for an hour or so. Morning is such a sacred time for me to welcome the day and prepare myself for whatever lies ahead.
After my morning rituals, I checked social media as I normally do. But unlike most days, today my newsfeed was shrouded in devastating news. It read like the headlines of a war zone. Multiple people on the front lines of different health crises. The flu, the death of a loved one, major knee surgery, premature birth, a diagnosis of epilepsy, cancer, a brain tumor… I felt as if my heart was going to burst. Some of these people I know intimately, some not so well, but they are all part of the fabric of humanity. And all are suffering right now.
All I know to do under these types of circumstances is pray. Pray that these people receive comfort, healing, peace, joy… Whatever it is they need at this point in time.
It got me thinking about how privileged I am to live each day on this beautiful earth. Today was not promised, and neither is tomorrow. Any petty concerns I have pale in comparison to what these people are going through right now. The success of my business, the nightstands I want to purchase for my bedroom, the cocktail hour I’m attending tonight that I need to pick an outfit for… When I think about it, none of these things really matter, yet they are what our culture conditions us to focus on.
Don’t get me wrong, we all have daily obligations and petty thought streams that swirl in our minds. That’s totally normal.
But I think it’s really important to point out, that we DO have the power to shift our focus to what is truly important in our daily lives AND to make a habit out of practicing an attitude of gratitude for the things we DO have.
God created a planet in which we can place tiny seeds in perfectly balanced soil that grow into plants that become food that nourishes and sustains us. That alone is cause for immense gratitude daily. The fact that our bodies require oxygen and there is an unlimited supply on this planet is also a miracle. We are born with eyes to see beauty, ears to hear music, taste that depicts delicious flavors, and minds that allow us to think for ourselves.
There is also the flipside. We can experience great sadness and ill health and the loss of loved ones. All of which are so difficult to bear, but also remind us of how precious our time is here on earth.
Today I am keenly aware of the ways in which my life has been blessed. Right now my body is healthy. My mind is alert. I have a husband that loves me with a deep, unconditional love. I have a roof over my head. I have food in my pantry. I have water that comes out of the faucet and is safe to drink. I have two precious dogs that I love like children. And I have a plethora of books that feed my mind and curiosity. I am so grateful to be alive and to be a part of the fabric of humanity. What a gift it is to be able to connect with all of you via my blog, via social media, via the internet. It brings me such great joy. I am grateful for you. I’m grateful you’re reading this blog post. I’m grateful God allowed our paths to cross…
I pray that gratitude would continue to wash over me like the waves in the ocean. I have what I need for today, and I have faith that God will provide for tomorrow, as well. I pray the same for you.