Let’s explore gratitude this week.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ John Milton
This is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen. Open your heart to the beauty and gratitude in this awesome video.
What if we learned to see beauty and feel gratitude like in this video?
I’ve been cultivating gratitude over the last few years. Sometimes I journal. Sometimes I speak gratitude out loud. And recently, I’ve been exchanging daily emails of gratitude. This practice helps keep me disciplined to look for beauty and gratitude every day. The idea came from a suggestion by Jacqueline Wolven in a presentation she gave at WordCamp Fayetteville 2013.
What if we were truly grateful for the precious gift of life?
Appreciating the beauty in us, around us and throughout this beautiful planet. As the narrator says in this video, what if we really look at the sky, the beauty of the moving clouds, the birds flying, the nuances of each day and the changing weather? Or the beauty and mystery in each person’s face. According to this video, 80% of what we process is visual, so let’s open our eyes to truly see the beauty and feel the blessings in our lives. Here’s my tribute to gratitude.
Ode to Gratitude
Once I was a bitter man
Soured and scarred by the trials of life
Tired of struggle, lonely and lost in depression
My days and nights were an endless sea of misery
Then one day I got fed up with feeling bad
Who really wants to hear about more misery?
So I decided to look for the good in my life
Gradually I learned to see and feel the beauty in life
The simple joys in both blessings and strife
Each moment an opportunity to look deeper, open more and reach farther
Finding beauty in many feelings, people and circumstances
Nothing is really good or bad, it just is
When we accept and open, we find hidden blessings
Waiting to be mined for our growth and good
Ripening with time and experience like a good wine
Come sample my nectar now
Rich with the many hues of life
Dark and earthy, light and heavenly
Filled with pounding waves and gentle brooks
Always moving, always changing
Moving, growing, rising and falling
In the precious dance of life
For which I am most grateful
Thank You God, Life, All That Is