For those of you who have read my previous postings as well as my book, This Is The Moment, you know my doorway into gratitude has been from the expression of profound gratitude to those who have made important contributions in our lives. I have been deeply touched by hearing so many stories from those who have acted on this awareness by expressing gratitude while the expresser and recipient is still alive and well.
Over the last few years, I have also relished expanding my awareness and appreciation of gratitude in so many other dimensions of my life. One of my first encounters of gratitude begins each day when my eyes open after a night’s sleep and I realize I have another day to do the things that give my life meaning. I then take my morning shower by just turning a handle. Out flows wonderfully clean hot and cold water easily adjusted by just a little twist. I often think “how does this work” along with the realization that I could never build this mechanical wonder. Gratitude flows over me like the flowing water. My appreciation is further magnified when using a small block of soap to create a cleansing action that is truly remarkable. Although this idea dates back 5,000 years, could any of us make it from scratch? In any case, we do not have to and for that my morning gratitude is accentuated.
These moments of gratitude then make me think about so many of the other life-enriching experiences throughout the day—truly all special gifts. I think one of the most poignant pieces on this subject was produced by Louis Schwartzberg, the Founder of Blacklight Films and shown at a Tedx Conference in San Francisco.
Louie Schwartzberg’s amazing time-lapsed photography coupled with the words of a Benedictine monk will not disappoint. Trust me, in less than 10 minutes, it is likely you will appreciate the “gift of another day” and it will not be “just another day.”