The picture that I have used to create my graphic for this post was captured a few days ago by our special friend Sandy Gerow. It was taken overlooking Jackfish Lake in Saskatchewan, Canada as the sun was rising on a crisp and beautiful November morning. The sky was changing so quickly that there were just a few seconds before the scene changed from this stunning masterpiece to the next creation of wonder(full). How quickly things can change in life……
I’m quite certain that most of you reading this will know how quickly things can change. You have most likely experienced life changing moments. I know I have; some good, and some well, they haven’t been so good. We all have our beautiful moments of awesome, our own versions of a “s#*t show” and everything in between. Anyone who can relate to this, raise your hand and say “I” or “aye” or “eh” or whatever feels appropriate.
A popular quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer reminds us that “when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”. This encourages us to see things differently, through a new set of eyes. This is why gratitude is so important in our lives; it truly is life changing. I have written about gratitude a few times before and I will continue to do so. Make the time to appreciate and celebrate the amazing gifts in life that are right in front of you and often taken for granted. Family, friends, health, opportunity, choice, freedom, a sunrise, love, a sunset, shelter, food, purpose, water, employment, peace. When we face challenges, it will be some of these gifts that will help get us through. Reach out in kindness and compassion to those who are in need because one day you may be the person needing that support.
Today is November 11, Remembrance Day. Take the time today to respect and honour those who have served and those who continue to serve. Take the time to send love and compassion to their friends and family. Take the time to remember and acknowledge them any time, any day, wherever, whenever, everyday, not just today. There are no rules for expressing appreciation and gratitude to anyone, simply give it freely and sincerely with pure intention. This is how we connect to each other as human beings, how barriers are eliminated and how things shift for the better in our world.
This powerful image of an ever changing sunrise reminds me that things can change in an instant and we never really know what is coming our way next. Yet, quite often those not so good changes and challenges provide us with lessons, epiphanies and an opportunity for positive growth.
Choose gratitude. Choose kindness. Choose compassion.
As always….together in the journey,