Thank You for the Gift

I’ve had a lot going on lately and I’ve been distracted. The Universe has been giving me some subtle and not so subtle reminders to be present.

Stop right here and pay attention to how you feel. Notice your surroundings as you are reading this. What do you see and hear around you? Is there a taste of anything lingering on your tongue? What textures do you feel under your hands? What can you smell?

What can you appreciate about right now?

Maybe it’s that you have eyes to read these words, a beautiful view outside your window, a moment to call your own, or a job to take a break from. Perhaps it that you have something tasty to eat, or a computer or smart phone to read this on, or that the sun is shining or the rain or snow is falling. Even if it is only that your heart is beating and that you are alive, seek out every gift in this moment.

How often do you do that throughout your day?

It’s easy to get caught up in our days and the whirlwind of our lives. There are deadlines to meet, appointments to get to, times where we have to be somewhere or doing something, and people, animals, or things that we have to care for. We move from task-to-task just trying to get everything done. Or maybe it is that we have pain that we wish to numb.

But where is the exhilaration, vitality, and interest in doing that? Living life is a moment-by-moment experience. It’s not meant to only get your attention during the climatic scenes. Your present is being given to you right now.

I appreciate that the Universe has been tapping me on the shoulder and reminding me to be open to my present, and that this moment is a gift full-of-life to appreciate.

Moment-to-moment is where life is to be lived. It is where you are awake and conscious and presented with the opportunity to choose your focus, which is truly how we create our lives.

Take time today to open your eyes and your heart and look for the gift in this moment. Expect to see it. Look for ways to fully receive it.

I know I will.

Together we can do it!

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