Yes, Each Day is a Gift!
It’s been two weeks since Thanksgiving, and I am grateful that I am still in the land of the living this Holiday season, and what a blessing each day and each breath is.
Of course, keeping it real…I wish I didn’t have pulmonary fibrosis, and I wish I wasn’t so aware that my life will be shortened because of it. At the same time, this reality has caused me to focus on what matters, and to make wise decisions about how I spend my energy and time. Each day is a gift!
I wrote about gratitude a few weeks ago, and today I want to share an amazing 6-minute video that a friend shared with me. I am so touched by it’s message of the power of gratitude in our lives…
Please watch…it is worth your precious time
I don’t want to influence your experience, so I’ll wait to share what struck me until after you’ve had a chance to watch it. You will be encouraged…
I took away a lot from this video
- Each day we have is not just another day…each day is a gift.
- Live each day as if is your first….Live each day as if it is your last
- Look around at God’s beauty…it is all around…in nature, in weather, in people…look at the beauty and wonder all around
- Look at each person you meet, who has a unique, important story; you are one of those people
- Appreciate and have gratitude for the gifts that are all around you. Open your heart to them and let them flow through you
- Let everyone you meet today be blessed by you, your eyes, your smile, your touch, and by your presence. Let the gratitude you have overflow to bless those around you.
This touched me deeply, because for me it helps me be aware of the sacredness and importance of each moment and each day I have. It helps counter what I am often aware of…which are all the days I won’t have.
It helps to give purpose to each encounter I have with others
I want my moments to be about spreading love, comfort and encouragement to those God brings across my path. It helps counter my negative thinking that my best years are over…maybe they aren’t. Maybe I still have a lot to experience and to give to my family, friends, and others I meet. Maybe I have a chance to be a greater impact in others people’slives because of what I’m going through.
I’m sharing from a place of gratitude because that is where I am in this process of adjusting to the reality of having pulmonary fibrosis. I was diagnosed 2 ½ years ago. I’m slowly getting worse and I’m not in denial about this. Because it has been a while since diagnosis I’m able to step back and have this perspective…at least today.
I know that you are going through many difficult things too
If whatever you are going through is recent, you are experiencing a lot of pain, or are processing a recent downturn of some kind, you may be understandably overwhelmed by grief. Trying to have gratitude about anything may be impossible now. That is normal; it’s part of the process. Let yourself be where you are, and be kind to yourself about wherever that is.
Just know that sometime, either now or in the future, you may be able to savor the good in your life now
My kind encouragement to you is this: You matter, what you are going through matters, and every day and every breath you have before you is a precious gift. Be a kind and compassionate friend to yourself along the way.
I hope you were blessed by this video, and I would love to hear how you were touched.
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