Today is Memorial Day. A day to remember and honor those brave men and women of the Armed Forces who died fighting for our country and our freedoms. The choices they made have given us the freedom and ability to make our own choices. We should be very thankful and grateful for their sacrifice.
In essence today is also a day of gratitude. Gratitude is expressing appreciation for what we have. This is a powerfully positive way of thinking, this gratitude. We should be celebrating our lost loves by honoring their lives and the gifts they have given us by showing great appreciation in the way we live. This shouldn’t be expressed a couple times a year but every day, in every gesture. Expressing gratitude and gratefulness increases empathy and optimism, two things we could use more of in this world of ours.
Why don’t more people practice gratitude more? Why do so many people focus on what they don’t have or what they want or what others have? Why do so many people just complain? I can understand a homeless person wanting a home or food. Those are basic needs. I am talking about the person who has all their needs covered but just keeps wanting more. They complain about what they don’t have and what others do have. Ick! I think … get over yourself!
The moment we stop and appreciate what we have, is the moment we can start feeling at peace in our heart. We can create a calm space in our mind and in our lives. What others do is no consequence to us. We are each on our own journey. We only need to focus on our journey, our choices.
Take a minute.
Take a deep breath.
Smell the fresh air.
Notice the smells, the sounds, the feel of being outside.
Notice myself in the world.
I am alive.
Alive is good.
It means I have choices.
Each day is a new opportunity.
Each day is a clean slate.
Each day I can be better.
Each day I can choose to be happy.
Each day I can be grateful.
Today, I will be grateful that we have brave heroes.
Today, I will be grateful to families who lost loved ones to war.
Today, be grateful for all I have.
And I will do this again, tomorrow.
As I sit outside this morning, I am grateful for my family, my health, my pets. I am grateful to have a roof over my head and food on the table. I am grateful that I can relax in my yard and enjoy all that nature has to offer. I am grateful for my camera, which helps me see life through a different lens. I am grateful for good friends and opportunities to be the best me I can be. I am grateful to all my ‘teachers’. I am grateful that selfless men and women felt that our country was important enough to defend and protect.
Today, I am just grateful.