I don’t mean do you think you are not being blessed or that you aren’t getting the blessings you deserve. I mean do you have blessings come into your life that you are just not aware of because you are focused on something else. Maybe not; sometimes we just go through life being pushed or lead wherever the forces around us sends us, like a rudderless boat being carried by the current. Whether we are overly focused on the wrong thing or just unfocused we can miss what would otherwise be a blessing.When we predominantly focus on what is going wrong in our life, we tend to overlook what is happening that is good. We see what we are convinced in our mind we will see. If we expect to see good, we will; if we expect the bad, that is what we get.
Yesterday was a really beautiful day, here anyway. For a day in early February it was a wonderful day, sunny, a few clouds and temps in the low sixties. I knew from listening to the weather person on TV it was supposed to be nice but never fully realized how nice until I went outside. A dear friend and I had spoken about going for a walk, which we do fairly often, and we did. We really enjoyed the weather and each others company.
When I was younger, I am sure I would have enjoyed the day but would have also taken it for granted. I would have been aware it was a nice day but then not really; I wouldn’t have felt the gratitude that I feel now. It seems that the older I get the more I feel grateful for the smallest things sometimes. I wish it hadn’t taken all these years to bring me to that realization. The last couple of walks before the one I talked about were enjoyable; I was grateful for the opportunity but on one leg of the walk we were walking into a very cold wind and one day was especially bad. It didn’t hurt us, uncomfortable sure but I didn’t see it as a bad thing, it’s wintertime, what would we expect. I had a good warm fire to go back to. I could have just missed all the good in those two days if my attitude had been different. What was joyful could have been miserable.
The blessings are there; we just have to be open to seeing them and experiencing them. Two people can go through the same day with virtually the same experiences, one feeling blessed and enjoying the day and the other miserable and cursing everyone and everything. Which one do you want to be? We have to be open to seeing the good; focusing on the good, then it will be a good day.
I was telling someone about how much I was grateful for yesterday and I realized I have gotten to where I am grateful for every day. At my age I have a lot less days yet to come than I once had and any day could be my last. That is true for everyone whatever our age. So if we are grateful to be alive; we should be grateful for every new day, regardless of what it may bring. Today it is cloudy, very windy with rain; I am grateful as hell for it. I have people who love me, good health, a roof over my heat, food to eat and I am glad to be alive. I hope you feel the same.
Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day. David Johnson