Often times, humans fail to notice what we have until it is no longer accessible. This is true of our relationships with people. This is true of our every day lives. I think this is one of the most tragic aspects of human nature. We lament where we are and the we lament we are no longer there. So, let’s take a quick moment today and rewind this mistake.
Think about three things you have seen recently that you are grateful you were able to see. I was able to see my little plants growing so happily on my deck. I was able to see the scarf that I made with my own hands. I was able to see dramatic clouds and huge bolts of lightning that cut the sky. I am grateful I was able to see this things.
Think about three things you have heard recently that you are grateful you were able to hear. As I write this I am listening to birds singing outside my window. I was able to listen to some of my favorite music while I drove in to work. I was able to hear my mom’s voice on the phone. I am grateful I was able to hear these things.
Think about three places you walked to that you are grateful you were able to walk to. I was able to walk/run 13 miles over the weekend (and I saw 7 bunny rabbits). I was able to walk to my car so that I could go to my job. I was able to walk to my bed to enjoy a pleasant evening of sleep. I am grateful I was able to walk to these places.
If you are not able to see, what were you able to touch? If you are not able to hear, what were you able to smell? If you are not able to walk, what were you able to taste?
What simple sensory experiences would you lament if you were to lose them suddenly? If you suddenly lost your vision or your hearing or your ability to use your hands and feet, what would you most regret not appreciating enough?
Take a moment, right now, and embrace the things you are able to do without even thinking about it. There are people who would give anything to be able to see so that they could watch their kid play soccer. There are people who would give anything to be able to move by themselves so that they could enjoy more independence. You have, right at this moment, something that someone would give anything for.
Are you appreciating these things enough?
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