Living in Gratitude and Abundance

When I think about the abundance in my own life, I know that one article won’t cover it. I am writing this outside on my patio early on a beautiful summer morning watching the sun come up over these Connecticut hills. I close my eyes and say a silent prayer of gratitude for all that surrounds me. The chipmunks running through the flower pots, the freshness of the dew on the grass, the sound of the birds, and the peaceful solitude of this place.

My husband and my daughter will be awake soon. Abundance probably means different things to them. He will take his coffee and walk down to inspect his vegetable garden, looking for signs of unwelcome “critters”. My daughter will immediately surround herself with all of the technology that will connect her to the outside world. I don’t really know how much of what she has is perceived as a blessing to her, but I trust that someday, when life isn’t such a roller coaster for her, she will understand.

I love the summer, but as it wanes I feel a little excitement stir inside of me when I think of my hills being washed in brilliant color just a few weeks from now. It will be time to pick apples and enjoy cider by a cozy fireplace once again. Maybe that’s a simpler part of what is meant by one door closing and another opening.

I know that my earthly blessings are many…my family, my health, my friends, my home…but probably the greatest gift is my feeling of connection to a Higher Power. Without God in my life, I don’t think that I could appreciate the other things as deeply.

I believe that it is vital to each of us, for our own well being, to take stock of all that we have. No matter where we are physically, financially, or in our life’s journey, there is so much for which to be thankful.

Gratitude can be the most powerful when we are not feeling the abundance in our lives. When things are not going well. It might be because of illness, difficulties in a relationship, the loss of a loved one, or even financial hardship. These are the times when it is most important to find the “silver lining”. Reminding ourselves of what we do have will help us to heal what is lacking. Finding that deep-down feeling of thankfulness is what will lead us back to the path of true abundance.

Just notice the smiling face of a child who is precious to you, the touch of a loved one, the warm sunshine, or the sight of your breath as you walk on a cold winter’s day.

There is abundance everywhere. Make it your gift to yourself to observe all the wonder that surrounds you.

When we open our hearts and feel grateful for life’s riches, we make room for so much more.

With gratitude for you, my new friends,

Wendy Tait

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