Since Today is a Gift, Am I Counting my Blessings?
I found this artwork which spoke to me, and along with the title, caused me to ask myself, “Since today is a gift, am I counting my blessings?”
I can only speak for myself, but I have found that I appreciate life, and my family so much more with each passing day. When I was younger I focused more on the day-to-day activities that needed to be done in order to make a life, keep a home, and tend to the needs of my children.
There were moments of great appreciation for the life I had, and I daily tried to cherish my family. Then as with life and time, needless activities crowded into the picture and I let the unnecessary steal those moments of perfection. Those days when your child hits their first home run. The time when that perfect/not so perfect, but special Christmas picture has been taken. Those moments of chaos, or sweet sublime, which have helped create a memory for a lifetime.
My 2 (almost 3) year old granddaughter decided that this year she was going to ask Santa for a skunk. We chuckled about it for days, and then when the moment came she was awestruck by Santa, and asked for a lollipop. What a precious memory we have to share with her when she’s older.
These kinds of moments are gone in an instant, and can never be recaptured to their fullest “high” again if we are unaware of their treasure, or too focused on something else. These are our “gifts of time” that we miss.
There were many times and moments that I have wondered, “Since today is a gift, am I counting my blessings?
Most of us have promised ourselves to get a grip on loosing “this time” that we can never get back. We plan to do better, and we may for a bit… but somehow… the needless, and not so important, creeps into our lives again, or we let the urgency of others’ needs steal “Our Precious Time.”
I’m not saying to forget the needs of others, but sometimes others’ needs should not trump our own, when it is truly not urgent, or unimportant.
We’ve all heard this quote many times:
“Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That’s why it’s called the Present.”
Though we’ve heard this saying countless times, do we really put our “gift of a new day” into practice? Are we taking advantage of this gift of life, and counting our blessings? Are we making time for cherishing those magical moments?
You’ve also heard it said that at the end of our lives who will have wished that they would have worked more, or spent less time at home with their friends and family? Not I. That’s where the importance of “making the most of every moment” comes in.
Stop today, take a breath, and make the most of every moment. Give yourself the gift of being “present” today in what you’re doing and what you’re thinking about.
Cherish your family and friends. They are your support system. Enjoy the beauty of art. Listen to wonderful music. Find something to inspire your creativity. Enjoy each day.
Then daily ask yourself, “Since today is a gift, am I counting my blessings?”