Yesterday was my birthday. I am officially 54 years old, which is really a misnomer, because I feel 54 years young, as corny as that may sound. I feel amazing. My life is amazing. And, I feel more blessed than I have ever realized in my life before now.
At various times in my life, I have practiced gratitude daily for myself, and what that looked like in the past, was writing down each day what I was grateful for, in the morning before I would start getting ready for work. I also would wear a bracelet, and count my blessings literally on the beads of the bracelet. It was always a great way to start in the morning, before the hustle and rush of the world set in.
Lately, I began the practice again, but not by writing down what I am grateful for. During my morning walk, I think about all of the things and persons that I am grateful for in my world. I find so many things to be deeply grateful for, because I am surrounded with gifts in so many ways.
A birthday on Facebook is hard to beat; I got dozens of birthday greetings, all lovely and caring, and celebratory. I felt the love from every single person that wished me well. It was really beautiful. And, I felt grateful, for all of the persons in my life, and what a gift it is to have family and friends that surround me, at all different times in my world. Then, last evening, I saw this beautiful message from my wife, in honor of my birthday, after an evening she had planned for me of fun and surprises.
I felt grateful for having us meet one another in the world, to walk this path together with a partner who supports me, and I support as well, and who I have fun with, travel with, and learn new things with. It really is a blessing.
I feel such deep gratitude for my son, and the relationship that I have built with him over the last few years, more deep than ever before. And, as he begins this new phase of his life, it is also a new phase of mine, and that we get to share that with one another in love, friendship and support is a joy. I am so grateful that he is in my world.
I am so grateful for a strong, capable body, that carries me every day to my walks, to take out the trash, that does anything that I ask of it; and is sustaining me in healthy, loving ways. I am grateful for the lovely home that I share with my wife, that keeps us safe and warm and cared for. I am so grateful for being in nature, and seeing her sights and hearing her sounds outside my window every single day. It is a gift to be able to live in and appreciate her beauty.
I have had challenges in my life, and I will continue to face them as life goes on for me. Yet, I find myself in joy the majority of the time, and I know that to be in a large part, because of Gratitude. No matter what is happening with me or around me, Gratitude can always put things in perspective, by reminding me what I have that I am grateful for.
Reminding me of all of the gifts in my world.