“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” ― Marcus Aurelius,
A sphere of gratitude opens the heart to the world of thanks and of giving. It is within this sphere where we find our most innocent appreciation and our most sincere gratefulness for all the gifts and blessings in our lives.
It means a lot these days, and every day, to be thankful. As we’ve entered into this holiday season, many of us still within the arms of family, many others traveling and making plans for Christmas, we should all pause to truly understand what we should be thankful for.
Life would be stagnant without thanks. It would not move beyond the film of our eyes. In giving thanks and paying respect we not only open our hearts, we become aware of our lives and the people in it.
What does it mean to be thankful? This is a question most never ask of themselves. And though the answer might seem simple to some, it lives in a deeper understanding of life, in the most intimate spaces of our hearts.
Personally, I’m thankful for life itself, for everyone in my life both nearby and far. I’m thankful for those I speak to and for those I know but have yet to hear their voices. I’m thankful for this platform, this creative space that I love and for all of you who care to read my words and take to time to express your thoughts. I’m thankful for the experiences that have shaped my mind and opened my heart. I’m thankful for all of these things, but so much more.
I’m thankful because, through my gratefulness, I can see the reason why I seek for peace and truth. I can see why the world is beautiful and I can see how so many of us strive to make it a beautiful place. I can see the horizons of love and of altruistic companionship. I can see all brothers and sisters embracing beyond the steps of this present moment. I can see life as it is and as it happens.
In this holiday season, take time to truly think about what you are thankful for and remember why you’re thankful. It is through this awareness that we understand our lives and the lives of others.
We can touch so many lives and uplift so many hearts with just a simple word, with just a simple glance. As we all walk our own paths, I pray that we become grateful for all things we pass.
Happy Holidays, and Thank You All.