Thank you Daniela for such a lovely post. It is so rich with meaning. I thorougly enjoyed your beautifully crafted description of the contents of an ordinary day that was in fact – extraordinary – like so many are,, if we only take notice. It is such a wonderful reminder for me to strive to live in each and every present moment of the days that I am given
I will have my whole heart behind the words I speak if God grants my continual request to make me an instrument of His peace and if I am fully inhabiting the present moment and remembering that love is all there is.
I can think of no better way to express my gratitude for waking this day and each day than to heed the following advice – –
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Life is an unbidden, free, and miraculous gift that can easily inspire continuous gratefulness, if we pause long enough to become fully present and accept the gift, moment to moment. I cherish the following quote, “I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. . . . ” ― Dalai Lama XIV
My privileges are many. I have enough ‘stuff’ and financial independence. I have excellent health. I am retired and I have nearly absolute freedom to decide exactly what I will (and will not) choose as the focus for my attention each and every day. I am blessed and profoundly grateful for these privileges.
I can use these privileges in service of my dreams for the world by volunteering for a cause or service I believe in. I have had this desire for more than eight years. The next step is . . . just get started. I need to release all of the distractions that result from my ego’s perfectionist tendencies. I do not need to continue thinking that I must find the perfect opportunity for service that will make a huge difference in the world and make me somehow ‘better’. What I need to do is become present and allow my small inner voice to help me to choose and then . . . just take the next step and then enjoy the journey.
I feel delight in this very moment when I realize there is nothing I have to do, nothing I need to change, nowhere I have to go . . . and that I am enough.
Reading the wonderful, heartfelt reflections of the visitors to this page on this website is a ‘simple thing’ that brings me immense joy each and every day. I totally agree with Jan that, “We have a crew of inspirational writers, poets and spiritual leaders on this page.” You are all amazing. I am deeply grateful for you all!
There is “small beauty” throughout the entire expanse beyond my window at this moment. Every aspect of nature, from the blue skies, to the ‘greening’ grass, budding lilacs, and the hardy dandelions are all individual small beauties, that when taken together are an amazing masterpiece of beauty. For the longest time, I have identified myself as a lover of autumn. Well, the Spring, this Spring outside right now, is so welcome and inviting that I’m going to pay close attention in this moment and as it unfolds and just see if maybe I can learn to love Spring as much as Autumn. I am so blessed and grateful for living where I can enjoy the four seasons!
My future self will benefit if today I can be grateful and accept this moment exactly as it is and realize that I have no ability, nor any need to know what the future may hold. Practicing some self-care today will also benefit my future self.
I find wonder in the miracle of how we experience life through our senses. The way light signals received by the retinas in our eyes can be transmitted to our brains and result in our breath being taken away and have that result in a feeling of awe and a sense of joy in the moment. How hearing a pleasant melody with (or without) meaningful lyrics, can bring such deep peace and calm where moments before there had been sadness, hopelessness, pain, fear, stress or anxiety. The deep pleasure that results from the taste of something delightful and nourishing is incredible.
I am so grateful for all of my senses. They are truly wonder-ful and an immense blessing because they allow me to have the capacity to enjoy this life in this moment, and each and every moment.
A belated Happy Birthday, Kristi! I hope and pray there are many, many more to come.
For me, one of the greatest blessings that I am grateful for as I accumulate birth anniversaries, is that I increasingly know I don’t have to take things (life) so seriously, like I did when I was younger. Also, the years (60 of them) have allowed me to gather the wisdom to realize that – What others may think of me or my actions “is none of my business”, as some wise person said long ago. Also, all of my efforts toward disposing (releasing?) of any of the other aspects of being a ‘people pleaser’, like I was in my younger days, has allowed me to feel more peaceful, calm, grateful, relaxed.and in general – enjoy life more.
Kristi, thank you for your wonderful blog post. I think it is a masterpiece. I do so love reading well crafted writing especially when it presents such valuable wisdom. In my opinion, if the universe is behaving properly, your post will find a very prominent and permanent spot on your website. I also hope that somehow it soon gets published on the website and/or in the magazine for aarp.org and similar places. So many people could benefit from seeing the very healthy and wise perspective on aging that you have presented. The audience at aarp would very soon grow to love making daily visits to your website – just like I have.
Soooo beautiful and heartwarming. Thank you, Brittany
Thank you for your wonderful reflection, Antoinette! I especially liked the statement in your first line, “Contentment is richness”.. I have never seen so much powerful wisdom and useful advice contained in just three words. I shall begin my work on the art of contentment.
Thank you, Karen for your lovely and inspiring reflection!
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