“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your
willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”
— Margaret Cousins
This morning I was blessed with what has to be one of the most breathtaking commutes in the entire world. On a clear, warm and sunny San Francisco morning I traveled north across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. My eyes and my heart swelled in gratitude as I thought about how lucky I am to call this stunning area my home.
I didn’t always appreciate the beauty of the area. Having grown up here I often took it for granted until my adult travels moved me around the country. Yet now, nearly every time my car passes through the south end of the Waldo Tunnel, exposing the magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the spectacular San Francisco Bay skyline, I say a prayer of gratitude.
Sometimes I forget, though. Sometimes I am running late for a meeting and am too stressed out to think about anything but how late I am. Sometimes the traffic is so heavy that I’m too busy considering which would be the fastest route to my destination. And then sometimes I’m just too caught up in a negative mind to recognize the splendor of the moment.
I’ve come to learn that gratitude is one of the most valuable gifts we can give ourselves. For when we’re focusing on how lucky we are, our thoughts are a million miles away from what we fear we don’t have enough of. And in those moments when we’re thanking the universe for our blessings, we become like magnets that attract even more of life’s abundant bounty.
Every moment does pose a choice for seeing the richness or wanting for more. The jewel in seeing the richness is that it enables us to experience it again and again in our thoughts. When we’re forever wanting more, we’re unable to see the gift in what we already have. Our blessings go unnoticed.
Richness is a state of mind. Look around and count your blessings.
Thanks for visiting. Have an amazing day.
Inspired by A Course in Miracles