Imagine you own/have nothing.
No house, no car/truck ...
No appliances or furniture ...
No pictures or books/magazines ...
No clocks, cameras, phones or gadgets.
No video or audio equipment, no computers or peripherals.
No clothes/shoes - if you are wearing something it is borrowed.
No cloth or clay, metal or wood, glass or plastic things -
or soap, and other manufactured or simple resources.
No dishes, pots/pans, utensils, tools ...
No toys, no games ...
No blankets ...
No food ...
(You can't have a job,
or any money either.)
What is left?
The resources of the earth?
What do I need?
How about water,
the warmth of the sun
or even dirt?
What am I taking for granted?
(Plumbing - I know I take plumbing for granted!)
knowledge - skills,
health (or lack thereof).
And time - always time ...
Perhaps the thing I need most is gratitude.
Especially gratitude for the short list of important things I never seem to think about, that I always expect to have and often neglect. Perhaps I need to put such things that I take for granted, at the top of the priority list that occupies my thoughts.
Perhaps I need to scrutinize what things are first.
I just looked around myself.
All the things I see mean nothing without you.
Hmmmm - * think, think, thinking * -
what have I said/done lately so that you know?
For example: does my spouse know he is more important than the frig? do my children know they are more important than my car? do my friends know I appreciate their companionship more than television, sport or movie stars? do I value my health more than chocolate?
And have I learned anything new today?
And finally and yet always first and most important and precious - God. What place do I give the great eternal being that created and blesses my existence?
Am I grateful I can breathe,
and think, and feel?
What thanks can I give to you?
or to anyone?
How did I get here? - Tonight, Kathryn put the too youngest to bed, but this made Ella mad. She requested that I come cuddle with her. So when I was finished what I was doing I ...
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