5 Things to Be Grateful For Being Present

Yes, we’re thankful for our health, our safety, our loved ones. But what else? Pause and think about what we take for granted? What moves us? What would fill our hearts daily if we would pause for a moment and just notice it?


1. The senses. Sight, sound, touch, smell and taste—daily miracles each of them.


2. The plant world. From the productivity of a late-summer tomato plant to the delicate unfurling of a fern, nature’s exuberance and tenderness is something to behold.


3. Opportunity. Our steady companion, opportunity is always ready to take us down a path yet unknown. (Hint: We have to say “Yes!”)


4. Beauty. What do your eyes feast on? What splendor makes your soul rejoice? It is all around us every day. How often do you stop to drink it in?


5. The ability to learn. There is no age limit on learning—period. When we stop learning, we really stop living.


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