Monday, November 18, 2013

In everything, give thanks

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

It is the season, in social media, to give thanks. Some people are pledging to give thanks every day during the month of November - or rather, to list each day at least one thing they are grateful for. And that's great. I think we need more of that.
There is also a larger movement to try and be more mindful - to appreciate more each day how lucky we are. In fact, a magazine has even been launched with this as its marching orders. Be present, be in the moment. Enjoy and appreciate where you are.
At one point in college, a friend was bombarding me with a barrage of questions, and kind of picking on me a bit. Fed up, I said to him:  "Enough! Why must you question everything? Why can't you just BE?" And his response was: "Questioning things is the human condition. Say 'be' to a tomato and you will not find opposition."
I am determined to find a balance. So question things, sure, analyze things - go nuts. But allow yourself some time to be still, and to appreciate some things as they are. That is my offering of the day.

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