I was out walking the beach today at that time of day when the very last winter light is slipping behind the islands across the water. I spied this last little bit of sunlight hidden away on the beach. It felt as if the sunlight wanted to linger just a bit longer on this gorgeous winter day.
Sometimes it feels as if my ideas, hopes, and fantastical schemes are sinking beyond unknown horizons along with the sun. But I know that nature has a way of keeping me both humbled and blessed. There is nothing like solitude and tranquility and beauty to discover and re-discover who I am and what I am capable of and how much I want to be part of the larger whole that brings peace to my part of the world.
On days when the sun is setting and it feels to be a daunting effort to keep on the sunny side, my memory harvests sunsets like this. Takes it in and tucks it away. I am reminded to keep sight of the bigger picture. And to not let go of the beauty that graces every single day. Every single day. Like the aperture on my camera, I have the ability to make it very very tiny and block out the essential parts that add to the beauty and to the panorama of Hope that feeds my desire to grow and to contribute.
Every day I pray for a little miracle. And today this sunset was it. It reminded me to appreciate the quiet and to still the voices that do not feel to have my better interests at heart. It reminded me to be in the moment and look to the present — which is my true daily miracle — one heartbeat at a time.
Gratitude. Georg Simmel calls it “the moral memory of mankind.” Gratitude feels good. It frees us from moments that try to put us in a muddle. It expresses joy from the inside out. It pays attention. It is a honeybee of movement and purpose and sweetness. It feeds hope. It places a necklace of sweet violets around our hearts. It is fun. It is the stuffing inside our childhood teddy bear. It kicks butt on gloom and doom. It elevates our awareness of happiness. It deals our cosmic poker hand aces. It laughs at the absurd and opens itself to the unlikely. It is a lot of things that just plain feel good. It is inspiring and edifying. How great it is to feel gratitude.
“Why gratitude?” Indeed. What a great question. The words of wisdom in this image are so beautiful. Universe. Mindfulness. Everyday. Precious Jewel. Joy. Recognize. Thankful. Harvest. Alive. Moments. Hearts. Conscious. Treasure.
Just reading these words makes me feel good. And feeling these words is a true gift. Makes me want to get up and dance. Pet the dog. Appreciate the clean, running water from the tap. Feel the love of my family. Enjoy a good belly laugh to the point of snorting. So many things. For all of them, I feel gratitude.
Please, take a few moments to enjoy this brief and very beautiful and inspiring and touching and elevating piece on gratitude below. I try to watch it at least once a week. Moreso if my mojo seems to have stopped working unexpectedly. It is my hope that you have a very beautiful day filled with appreciation and gratitude.
Why gratitude? “. . . it could be beautiful.”
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