A Present In The Present to Open

The more I give thanks I find more and more things to be grateful for. I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my family who are also my friends. I am thankful for my job. I am thankful for the weekends and the weekdays. I am thankful for any and all who have ever shown me an ounce of kindness. I practice the art of giving thanks daily for the large and small stuff this life has to offer. My divorce from pessimism and melancholy was many years ago. It was a difficult divorce, but I’ve never looked back and regretted it.

An attitude of gratitude leads to a joyful life. If you have good friends then be grateful for them because they are not forced or required to be your friend. If you have a job that pays nine dollars per hour then rejoice because you could have no job that pays zero dollars per hour. If someone offers you a sincere compliment do not take it for granted and please do not disagree with their kind words. Say these words: Thank you! Then offer your brightest smile. Let us not settle for an ungrateful or miserable life.

Have you ever given someone a thoughtful present only to have them say through their words or expression that your gift means little or perhaps even nothing to them? How sad this is! It is the wonderful thought and kind action that counts. The receiver of the gift only should’ve said thank you with a heartfelt smile. Instead they looked at you with disappointment in their eyes and said, “Well, I don’t really like dark chocolate; I really only eat milk chocolate bars.” Perhaps you should never gift them chocolate or anything else again since they insulted you and your present while being ungrateful.

Let’s not take life for granted. Let’s notice the beautiful stuff all around us. If you view every new day as a gift then you always have a present in the present to open.

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