I’ve probably written more postings about gratitude than on any other topic. I know – I’m a broken record!? But here I sit on a rock outcropping overlooking the Ottawa River at what is perhaps my very favourite place on the planet. A stunningly beautiful beach – utterly unspoiled, mostly un-peopled most of the time, even – & across the river are hills & trees-trees-trees…& more sandy beaches.
It’s to die for!!
I no longer live within easy walking/biking/driving distance of this gorgeous spot (as I did at one time), & am only visiting in the area for a short while.
And, right now, feeling very very grateful.
I’ve been connected to this river my whole life, really. Well, ever since I was two, anyway. Grew up way, way downriver, east of Ottawa, west of Montreal. Then, later, had a close relationship with a cottage that was upriver from Ottawa.
The river keeps calling me back! Sort of mysterious, really.
But I’m digressing utterly from what I set out to say. It’s really just a quick thought I wanted to express. Merely an opinion. Strongly-held…but merely an opinion.
I think the mess our species is now in – a mess we’re in utterly up to our eyeballs & near-drowning in, by now – can be laid at the feet of a very simple (but profound) phenomenon.
I believe we ceased as human beings at some point (debatable when, but does it really matter at this juncture?) to be grateful – deeply, deeply reverent & grateful – for the stunningly beautiful, abundant planet that is our home.
We began taking it “for granted.” Abused & polluted it (& ourselves) with greed & violence & a deep lack of proper care & regard.
Some of us have lost relationships to the very same phenomenon, really.
A failure to celebrate & be grateful to & for each other.
Too much taking things/circumstances/people for granted.
I think we all want an abundant & fulfilling life, don’t we? I wish we would all of us, every single one of us, consider taking up a simple but miraculous & transformational habit.
Active, mindful gratitude.
I can almost guarantee you that a faithful effort at this will change your life.
Gratitude is actually magical.
But don’t take my word for it…try it out for yourself!
It won’t cost you a penny – & it will very likely end up making you rich!
p.s. although wealth, as I’ve learned along the way, actually has nothing whatsoever to do with money …