Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rediscovered Blessings

Written by Jessie
Keeping peace in one’s heart and gratitude in one’s mind while experiencing difficult times can be a challenge. Many families are struggling with hardships and facing sacrifices, and as a result, lifestyles are changing. 
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  ~Epictetus
My family has experienced its own recent changes and a great sense of loss settled into our minds. Seeking refuge from worry and confusion, we began to rely on our moments of “unplugged” time for guidance and clarity. These times were a blessing indeed! With a bit of mindfulness and appreciation, we quickly learned that the things we thought we could not live without were not really things, but instead were the tiniest of experiences.
Moments of joy, beauty, and love are sacred to us and, in thanksgiving, are truly cherished. 
Below are just a few of my family’s rediscovered blessings:
  • Billowing blankets are a great comfort
  • Baking with Grandma creates a deep connection
  • Reading by candlelight brings peace
  • Sunday dinner reconnects us each week with our (now six person) family
  • The sound of the wind in the trees is Mother Earth’s music
  • Bubble baths and warmed towels are a joyous event
  • Singing along to daddy playing guitar is inspiring
  • Family is the backbone of our life; we are strong when we are all together
  • Furry friends enrich our lives and provide support
  • Books, pens, and crayons are therapeutic and stir our imagination
  • Hot chocolate, popped corn and a movie on the laptop are a “getaway”
  • A stocked pantry and a full refrigerator gives a sense of security and wellbeing 

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder
Taking a step back to reevaluate what tiny experiences you treasure can open you up to a multitude of blessings you may have overlooked. I encourage you to take a few minutes of your “unplugged time” (preferably with tea in hand and family close) to ask yourself these questions:
Where does my gratitude truly lie?
What things do I cherish?
What experiences are sacred to me?
What simple beauties might I be overlooking that bring joy into my life?

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