Friday, May 16, 2008
The Practice of Gratefulness
I am so grateful for my daily early morning quiet times. What a great way to start the day! It seems like the first cup of coffee always tastes the best.
I've established a habit of reading my Bible, praying and often reading a devotional or two. Occasionally, if I have time, I'll read a chapter or two from a current book I'm reading. Lately, I've been reading "Radical Gratitude" by Ellen Vaughn.
Ellen writes about becoming more aware of all that we have to be grateful for. She is a wonderful story teller and relates stories of her childhood. I loved how she wrote about how certain smells can instantly evoke memories from years ago; like the smell of a perfume her mother wore or the smell of sheets hanging out to dry. I instantly related as I remembered some of my own memories. She reminds us that as we open our eyes to all we can be grateful for, we often become more grateful people in general.
I know I can put my head down and get so absorbed in work or worries and not notice the sunrise or the beautiful mountains that surround me. I am thankful for the reminder of taking the time to notice and appreciate the specialness of the many things, people and opportunities that I've been given. Thank you Ellen, for reminding me of the heart choice I can make to be a thankful person.