Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reflection and Gratitude

For the past few weeks I have been enjoying the transition of Summer to Fall.  Hope each of you have been enjoying as well!
My experience has been totally enhanced for the past few weeks with warm temperatures and beautiful days.  Though I enjoy the experience of four seasons, my preference is definitely warmer temperatures.
Suddenly, in a course of twenty four hours, woke up to a high temperature for the day in the 50’s! Now that isn’t freezing by any definition but a twenty degree temperature swing for me is significant. Sweaters, here I come!!
As I was preparing for my day, the sudden temperature shift triggered an opportunity to reflect on this transition. I began thinking about Spring/Summer, all the special events and places visited, friends, the fun stuff everyone does in the summer. The more I reflected the more apparent it became that reflection and Gratitude went hand in hand for me. Does it for you?
Time for me now to share that taking time to reflect on a season, a day, a year or perhaps a life will provide an opportunity to realize what an amazing life we each live. Yes, there are challenges, struggles or perhaps uncertainty, but that is also called “living life:
Reflection provides an opportunity to realize all things do pass, the sun comes up in the morning and knowledge or experiences have been gained. For that, comes gratitude for the experience, the interaction, and the lessons and importantly for the people in our life!  Thank you!
Reflection and Giving of Gratitude
*      What special adventures so far this year? Did you have fun? If so, why?
*      People in our lives, any significant interaction, did they help you, did you help them?
*      Vacation? Where? What did you do? Who shared the experience with you?
*      Any major decisions? If so, how did it turn out? Is it what you expected?
*      Family Member or Friend there for you? Support system?
*      Realized a dream, achieved a goal? How did it feel?
*      Major life event? Married, Divorced, birth of a child? Support system?
*      Good Health?
Take a few moments to reflect, acknowledge and give gratitude for there lays the calmness for the day. cl
“To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.”
            - Walt Whitman