There are moments in life where we may come to realize that it is our own damn fault that our existence, our loneliness and our daily grind are not really as bad as they might seem.

A flash of inspiration is possibly to blame, a quiet moment that allows reflection on what is important, or simply that you are at ease with the world for now. If you are anywhere near where I am sitting emotionally, please never forget that all you need do is “give yourself permission to be happy.”  So much resistance is eliminated when you do so…

Regardless of any inference, I actually feel something within me recently that quiets and calms, allowing for more opportunities to arise from within to see, hear and feel life’s progress. The inspiration to write and share more how I better appreciate all that I have is quite overpowering and that it now speaks to me slowly, softly like a warm, calming breath whispered in my ear.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

There are so many good feelings, warm feelings, introspective feelings associated with living life to  it’s fullest in search of our true awakening. Of these I discover more now that with gratitude, you allow into your heart and into your thoughts a revelation more intense than a physical sensation of touch through either experience or perception.

Gratitude and thankfulness must be shown, be spoken, be written to experience its glory, for silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  If you too are thankful be gracious and express it!

“If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life was “thank you”, that would suffice.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Love, companionship, friendship and passionate embrace are all wonderful feelings indeed, however these all involve a connection with another soul. Anything that leads us on our personal, private path of self appreciation is singular in scope, direction, and more connected to our spirit and our faith in ourselves. To allow for deep appreciation of all we have achieved, have been given and been blessed with must be expressed on a consistent basis for only then it awakens and lightens our soul.

However, you must remove yourself to a place surrounding the person in which they can regard as psychologically theirs. This is where the magic happens…

I have been reading, writing, reconnecting with friends and family and introducing myself more openly to strangers while appreciating more the little things, the free things, our gifts of nature and in living more those moments with being alone. In these moments, these processes of friendliness, graciousness, happiness and acceptance are hidden my passion, as I have become more appreciative of all that I have been blessed with.

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~ Jean Baptiste Massieu

Not the things, the stuff, the possessions acquired, the accumulation in the garage or beneath the stairs, not the items I’ve found along my path, nor all the gifts received turning one year older. The true ecstasy of living is centered in a state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control. Giving thanks will in turn open doors to the very best we can experience, offer a guide to better understand ourselves and possibly even more in awe of our limitlessness.

I am convinced that the ability to express such joy is displayed in an aura that needs no translation, and it will be felt only by those who can also appreciate gratitude for all that it is – a blessing.  Seek only those who are in tune with gratitude and your acquaintances will offer an opportunity to connect with great friends.

Be thankful already…


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