I was reading something about blessings on another blog a few weeks ago and it reminded me of this wonderful old song that was written by Irving Berlin. It was called “Count Your Blessings” and was made popular many years ago by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney in the film, “White Christmas”. In it, Crosby and Clooney sing about how they fall asleep by counting their blessings—instead of sheep. What a superb idea! I can’t think of a much better way to acknowledge, appreciate, and express our gratitude for the many, many gifts we receive each and every day.
With so many things vying for our attention nowadays, we often lose sight of the things for which we should be the most grateful—the wonder and beauty of the world around us, the miracle of our physical bodies and consciousness, our health, and the love of our family and friends—as well as the ability to experience everything that life has to offer. Indeed, the value of life itself is often forgotten—along with our inner knowing that we are somehow much, much more than the collection of atoms, cells, and tissues through which we explore and discover “All That Is”.
In the United States (and other countries as well) we set aside a special day—“Thanksgiving Day”, as a holiday to celebrate and appreciate all the wonderful things we receive and enjoy throughout the year. But is one day each year truly enough to acknowledge such abundance?
As I connect with Creator in the quiet moments of each day, I always remember to say “thank you” for the wealth of gifts I’ve received. I also find myself, with more and more frequency, living mindfully and in the moment—embracing and fully appreciating even the most simple of life’s pleasures. Whether it’s a warm, wake-up shower in the morning, the joyful song of birds in the backyard, or the unexpected color of some roadside flowers, I realize that these—and many other things like them, are often underappreciated. As I experience and enjoy these countless treasures with newfound gratitude, I know that my heartfelt whispers of thanks are somehow heard and appreciated.
With all the blessings we’re able to enjoy in this world, which are the ones—perhaps those most often overlooked, that you appreciate the most?
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