Shootings. Devastating forest fires. Natural disasters and destruction. With all the negative events occurring lately in the world, it is easy to feel cynical and wary of this life we have been born into. It may be hard to wake up in the morning with a positive outlook knowing that others (possibly even friends and family) have tragically lost a life or are suffering.
Now, more than ever, it is important to focus on gratitude for our daily blessings. Something as simple as food, warmth and a hot shower may be just a dream to someone who has lost it all. Even just giving a small gift to someone in need can make a world of difference.
With Thanksgiving recently past and the holidays of giving ahead, it reminds me to focus on how much there truly is to be thankful for. Every day could be our last, so it is important to cherish each moment, forgive and turn away from that which may stir up negative thoughts and emotions.
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” – Henry Van Dyke