“Life is a gift. It’s a complitment just being born: to feel, breathe, think, play, dance, sing, work, and make love, for this particular lifetime. Today give thanks for life. For life itself! For simply being born!” ~ Daphne Rose Kingma, 365 Days of Love …
Since I have already been blessed with the gift of life, it is something that I sometimes take for granted. Yet by the mere fact of my being alive and conscious right now, how can I not rejoice in “simply being born?” Life gives me the opportunity to live in this world full of amazing people, sights, sounds, creatures, and things to do, and I have every reason to be thankful for this blessing I have been given. Sure life has its ups and downs, and at times it is filled with troubles and difficulties that seem insurmountable, but in this truth lies the answer.
It is true we were not all born into ideal situations, and some of us have experienced tremendous hurdles along our ways through life. Still, we are alive today, and as Daphne points out, this as a reason to rejoice. Our life, in an instance, can be over. And when we reflect on this truth, we should be thankful for all we have–for our amazing body, for the opportunity to live, breathe, exercise, observe, and simply be alive, for good health and for the talents and abilities we possess. It is true that I may have to face difficulties, sadness, loss, and adversity today, however, I still have the ability to feel real gratitude for this day, and this resilience can help me to get through the difficult and challenging times.
Having an attitude of gratitude allows us a healthy perspective from which we can live a more positive life and better experience much of the endless things for which we have to be thankful for in life. In addition, when we can recognize and appreciate the gifts we have, we can weigh them accurately against the problems and difficulties we face, which allows us to see them as the small hills that they truly are, instead of imagining them as insurmountable mountains.
Always carry gratitude in your heart, not just for everything you have, but also for simply here today. Gratitude is the source of all the good we experience in life; it is the beginning of life itself.
Take a moment to truly feel gratitude for simply being born, and then reflect with gratitude upon the opportunity to be alive today.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the barriers that keep you from being thankful just for being alive? How might you work through those barriers?
What other blessings are you able to enjoy just because you are here on this planet in human form?
How can feeling and expressing gratitude help you in this life?
For further thought:
“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ~ Tecumseh, Chief of the Shawnee nation, (1768-1813)