What a simple, and true concept….the more you are grateful for what you do have, the more you realize what you have to be grateful for. The other day, I was listening to a podcast interview between two highly accomplished individuals, and a quote came up that hit me. It was one of those lightbulb moments in which something was articulated in such a way that it truly made me stop and think. The quote was, “you’ve got to choose to be blessed”.
Wow. Yes. You’ve got to choose to be blessed! It is all in the lens in which we choose to see life. This proves that it is not in what happens but rather what we focus on in life that determines how much joy, gratitude, and fulfillment we ultimately experience.
I want to talk about something that has been a powerful force in my life and I know it can be in yours too: the art of savoring. Savoring the moment. Savoring is one way of getting in touch with the present as it brings your awareness to the forefront. When we savor moments, senses, feelings, etc., they amplify in impact. They resonate, stick, and become a memory. Are you taking the time to savor? When you walk outside and see the autumn beauty, do you savor that? Or are you going through the motions? When you are sitting at a table laughing with your friends or family, do you savor that? I think of it like taking a mental snapshot of the moment and saving it to the “camera roll” in my mind and heart.
Denzel Washington once said “say thank you in advance for what is already yours”. There is SO much that we already have that we could be saying “thank you” for. And at the end of the day, it is perhaps the people in our life and the moments we share with them that we should be savoring the most. As the seasons are changing and the comforts of fall and winter are upon us, find every way that you can savor the moments. The people. The cup of coffee. The ocean. Whatever it is, you name it.
And I’ll leave you with this….