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gratefulness January 31, 2012

Posted by lumierre9 in chit-chat.
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source: http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude.html

you think this is just another day in your life
it’s not just another day
it’s the one day that is given to you today
it’s given to you
it’s a gift
it’s the only gift that you have right now
and the only appropriate response is gratefulness

if you do nothing else but to cultivate that response
to the great gift that this unique day is
if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day
then you would have spent this day very well

begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open
that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment

look at the sky
we so rarely look at the sky
we so rarely know how different it is from moment to moment basically
how it is coming and going
we just think of the weather
and if not the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances in weather
we just think of good weather and bad weather
this day right now
as unique weather
maybe a kind that will never exactly that form come again
the formation of clouds in the sky
never be the same that it’s right now
open your eyes
look at that

look at the faces of people whom you meet
each one has a incredible story behind their face
a story that you could never fully fathom
not only their own story but the story of their ancestors
we all go back so far
and in this present moment
on this day
all the people you meet
all that life from generations and from many places all over the world
flows together and meets you here
like a life-giving water
if you only open your heart and drink

open your heart to incredible gifts that civilization gives to us
you flip a switch and there is electric light
you turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water and drinkable water
it’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience

these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open your heart
so i wish you that you will open your heart to all these blessings
and let them flows through you
that everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you
just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch
just by your presence
let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you
then it will really be a good day

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