Gratitude-The Present

Sometimes, my mind feels like a tape recorder that is caught in a tug-o-war between rewind and fast forward. I either get sidetracked by a trip down memory lane or come off the rails by straining to look too far down the road. Lately, though, I have found myself in what is becoming a much more familiar place. The present.

Today, I took note of a number times when I felt happy and content, not because I was looking behind or looking forward, but because I kept my sight on the present. When I felt the tug-o-war subtly begin, I brought myself back to the here and now. In those moments of being present, I felt a profound sense of gratitude for the simplest of things.

I am grateful for waking up to the sound of light rain. As soon as I heard the pitter patter of raindrops on my bedroom window and rooftop, I felt a sense of peace and stillness come over me. It was a gentle beginning to another day, and I welcomed it.

I am grateful for the warmth and comfort that the furnace provides on a cold, damp day. If the temperature dips below 70 degrees, I am cold, which is proof positive that I did not inherit my parents’ Minnesota genes. So, I am sincerely grateful that we have a furnace to take the chill out of the air, and I give mad props to whomever invented it.

I am grateful for hot green tea and soup that warms me from the inside out. While I usually have hot green tea every day, regardless of the season, on a day like today, I savored it even more.  The same goes for the hot soup I enjoyed for lunch, as it filled me with nourishment and added warmth.

I am grateful for my friend who shared his time and talent with me to turn one of my dreams into reality.  I am fortunate that I have a friend like Hill, who is insanely creative and has a knack for bringing a vision to life.  This afternoon, he helped me conceptualize how to bring my dream of writing a book to fruition.  So, stay tuned. . .

I am grateful for spending the earlier part of the evening curled up on my couch watching Saving Private Ryan for the umpteenth time.  After finishing up everything I needed to do at home and at work, I was ready to relax.  As I surfed the channels, I stumbled across Saving Private Ryan, and without hesitation, I took a hit of that cinematic crack.  It is one of my all-time favorite films, and coming across it on the heels of Veteran’s Day made it even more meaningful.

While it is okay to revisit the past and look to the future, there is a great deal to be said for the precious present.  On this day, I can say that I am grateful for these, and many more, present moments.

Just one thing each day . . .


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