Just for this moment, count your blessings instead of adding up your troubles. There’s always something to be thankful for, no matter our circumstances–sometimes we just need to shift our perceptions. Affirm your appreciation for being alive, and you’ll manifest more to be grateful for in life.
“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Every Moment Is a Miracle
I’ve been gifted with another day to experience being alive.
We’re all here at the same time, and that’s something worth celebrating and honoring. What a gift it is to be alive at all, to be experiencing this lifetime on earth and to be a unique expression of the life breathing us all.
The fact that you’re alive, breathing, and reading this right now is a testament to the wonder of life. Don’t long forget to be in awe of this opportunity to breathe, to pause, to reflect, to hope, to give and receive love, and to understand what it means to give thanks in the first place.
There’s so much to be thankful for, even when we feel like there aren’t enough blessings worth counting. There’s always enough, and we often need to hit a new “low” before we open our eyes to see that. We don’t have to wait for a tragedy to happen before we get willing to shift our perceptions and see with new eyes the beauty we missed before.
The mysteries of the world are under no obligation to reveal themselves to us. Each day carries its own gifts and hardships, and it’s our job to unlock the meaning of our circumstances and to unearth the treasure in the ruin. The first step to finding treasure is believing it’s there, and then looking for it.
Don’t close your eyes to the beauty still left around you; don’t shut yourself off from living the depth of life.
In Dr. Wayne Dyer’s wise words, “Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.” It’s not our task to create miracles, for they’re already waiting and willing to become manifest through us. It’s our task only to invite those miracles into our lives.
Keep your mind and your heart open to the positive possibilities that are typically just below the surface, or hidden in the mud, or buried in the most unlikely places. There’s often so much more to see than what meets the eye, so meet life with a smile, knowing that in doing so life will reveal a deeper current of joy.
Count Your Blessings with Care
I appreciate the little things that are too often missed, passed by.
If your heart is set on living a happy life, partake in the meaningful work of cultivating self-awareness. Consciously choose how you move through life, how you approach situations, and how you respond to what is not yours to control.
The daily question becomes: Will I leave my happiness up to others and outer circumstances, or will I take responsibility for my inner peace?
No matter our genetic predisposition or station in life, there’s always space within each of us to choose how we approach life, how we respond to life, and what we bring to life. Some people may lean toward anxiety or optimism more than others, but there’s room to maneuver.
Choosing happiness is a human journey that takes time and practice, for all of us. A primary tool in navigating this territory with greater ease is gratitude.
“Count your blessings,” is another way of saying “enjoy your life fully.”
You might find that feeling grateful is a daily practice, and it’s more than a feeling or a response: it’s a way of being in the world. Your appreciation is the cornerstone of a happy life, one in which you truly feel blessed throughout the ups and the downs.
Even the darkness has its teachings.
Blessings Come in All Shapes and Sizes
I’m intent on seeing the beauty that’s usually hidden in plain sight, for I know I’m blessed just to be here, participating in life on earth.
Give thanks for even the smallest miracles, because miracles, no matter their size, are always the highest expressions of love. There’s no real hierarchy in miracles. What we view as a simple or subtle shift in a positive direction is a miracle–not less than the miracle that shows up as a gigantic leap into joy.
Even those times that show up as struggle and suffering offer the potential for miracles within them. Suffering is perfect grounds for a miracle, because it’s likely we’ll want to find a way out of the suffering, and doing that usually requires that we change our mind.
Stay open-minded when seeking out things to be grateful for, and broaden your idea of what it means to be blessed.
The moments we label as “ordinary” grant us the perfect opportunity to practice gratitude. You can transform any mundane moment into something momentous if you’re willing to change your mind about it. Behold the moment, the place, the object, or the person as a blessing, a teaching, and that’s exactly what it becomes.
You don’t need more to feel gratitude toward what you have now.
In your appreciation right now, the universe will accept your request for a deeper experience of that appreciation. What you focus on is magnified, inside and thus outside. In other words, your genuine, undying gratitude is a magnet for countless blessings.
- Are you willing to count your blessings today, instead of tallying your burdens?
- What are you grateful for right now, in this one moment?
- When has shifting into a more positive, loving, or open mindset freed you to begin again?
Please share your thoughts, helpful lessons in gratitude and true abundance, and any inspiring stories of positive change (a miracle) with me in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone you’re blessed to have in your life.
You are blessed because you are loved.
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