Loss Turned Into A Reminder Of Gratitude

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This week our family suffered an unexpected loss of a loved one. In the process of this crisis, while watching this love one slowly die, I was reminded once again of the fragility of life and the importance of not taking any day for granted. I am reminded of how easy it is to fall into this negative pattern. How easy it is to take the people in our lives for granted. How easy it is to complain and notice all that one doesn’t have rather than noticing all that one does have.
It seems so easy this day and age to focus on the negative, on the “wants” and the “have not’s”. Sadly, it often takes a crisis of this magnitude to help one focus on what one has and all the good in one’s life and the needs that are already being meant. I share this with you today hoping that you will be reminded of all that you do have in your life. Of the wonderful special qualities you have within yourself. That you can honor these qualities, embrace them and share them. I also hope that you can remember and maybe even thank the people in your life that are available to you in positive, supportive, nurturing ways. I am reminded of the importance of expressing gratitude to others for what they do and for what they mean in one’s life.
So my hope this Monday morning is to fill you with the sense and knowledge of all the good you do have. And if you are going through a particularly challenging time right now I encourage you to reach out to the ones you know will be uplifting, understanding, supportive and encouraging.
It would be a wonderful blessing to each of us if this was more of a pattern for all of us; to be more aware of gratitude. Also, that it wouldn’t take a loss to remind us of how short life is and that we could remember the importance of living each day to its fullest. How nice it would be if we each chose to live more in abundance. May you enjoy the blessings your life is currently bringing you and anticipate the many blessings yet to come in your life.

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