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I hope there are days when your coffee tastes like magic, your playlist makes you dance, strangers make you smile, and the night sky touches your soul. I hope there are days when you fall in love with being alive.

Brooke Hampton

 

Gratitude goes a long way and helps you to remember that it is possible to fall in love with being alive. Gratitude seems to be missing from our lives. We do a lot of complaining about politics, we argue about the truth of one religious dogma over another, we gossip about our co-workers, and we write frustrating posts about our children. The terrible twos and those unruly, rude, lazy, know it all teenagers.

But where is the gratitude? When a new child comes into the world, everyone is so quick to say that the most important thing is the health of the baby and that is true, but where is this gratitude a week in, a year in, during the terrible two’s and throughout this baby’s teenage years? Shouldn’t we continue to foster our sense of gratitude throughout our life? Should we notice and be amazed about every single opportunity that presents itself today?

Where did the coffee beans come from that were dashed into your cup? At what cost and at what wage? How hot was the water that released the flavour of those beans, and how did it get to your house, by what magic, and under who’s care? Who made the mug? The chair you’re sitting on? And who carefully designed the window you’re staring out of to look at the weather outside?

We see in very simplistic terms. We see what we want to see, and often we see darkness and complaint.

Life doesn’t have to be like that. The world will never change, but you certainly can. Your life doesn’t have to be like that. Your days can be filled with magic. Real magic. Gratitude magic.

I think you owe it to yourself to brew yourself an amazing cup of coffee. If you don’t like coffee, than make yourself a tea, or a hot chocolate, or just crack open a beer. It’s gratitude o’clock somewhere, and you should not go very long without realizing how marvellous life is, and how very little there truly is to complain about.

There is much to be grateful for, yet as human beings we lose touch with ourselves and instead focus on problems and so we reap more of what we sow. What you occupy your life with, will manifests itself right in front of you. If you worry and fear, you will notice the ugly and tragic events in your life. If you focus on hope and openness, you’ll begin to see events and changes in your life, you’d never dream up on your own, even if you had the chance.

Fall in love with yourself. Fall in love with being alive. Don’t let today go to waste and anticipate welcoming tomorrow with open arms. Make a playlist. Have another coffee. Go and meet people, talk to people, and experience people. They are the key to everything. They have knowledge and wisdom and laughter. They are gratefully willing to share, but it will take someone who is in love, to have the energy and power to draw it out of them.