How many of us get overwhelmed by what we perceive as our daily problems and issues? How many of us truly take the time to delight in the wonderment that is our lives? Why do we choose to spend so much of our time and energy focusing on problems? While I could go on about the chemical responses and addictions to the chemicals produced by your body in response to stress (I’m referencing chemicals produced by the body in response to external and internal stimuli, not to the response created by external chemicals such as sugar, alcohol or drugs – legal or illegal – among others). I will simply note that, in so doing, we forget the wonderful gift that is our life. The incredible gift that we are given when we get to live one more day.
This particular blog is a transcript of a short made by filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg. I hope it inspires you to feelings of gratitude which will then bring you your most ardent desires.
You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you do nothing else but cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day of your life, and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes to open, that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment. Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely notice how it is different from moment to moment with clouds coming and going. We just think of the weather, and even of the weather we don’t think of the many nuances of the weather. We just think of good weather and bad weather. This day right now has unique weather, maybe a kind that will never, exactly in that form, come again. The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same that it is right now. Open your eyes. Look at that.
Look at the faces of the people you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom. Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors. We all go back so far. And on this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world, flows together and meets you here like a life-giving water, if you only open your heart and drink.
Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch and there is electric light. You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water and drinkable water. It’s a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.
So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart. And so I wish for you that you would open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you; just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you, and then it will really be a good day.
Easy? Probably not as it so much easier to give in to the chaos that seems to surround us, until we remember that even in the midst of chaos we can create peace. It is much easier to give in to the news aired on TV and/or perpetuated by the government, until we remember that it is their job to create fear, for fear sells and controls us … if we let it. It is much easier to give in to the people around us pushing and shoving, being rude and harried, until we remember that they too have given in to the illusion of chaos. It is much easier to give in to the feeling of worthlessness that is fed to us by those who don’t want to soar, until we remember that they simply fear falling. It is much easier to give in to the feeling of isolation and loneliness, until we remember that we are all connected, and that God, Source, God-Consciousness, The Force, whatever you want to call it/him/her, loves you unconditionally and you can never be separated from this love.
To truly appreciate our gift, you can view a clip of the original short here: Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg.
In gratefulness for my gift and in love, and wishing that every day be a really good day for you, Jean-Pierre
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