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Grateful for Life…

November 24, 2011

Some good advice from the folks at Early to Rise:

1. Spend 15 minutes by yourself.

Take a walk. Find a peaceful place. Breathe slowly. Look around. Recognize that one day – sooner than you can believe – you will not exist any more. You will not be around to breathe the clean air, feel the sun on your skin, and see the things you find beautiful. You will not be around to hear the sound of your lover’s sigh, your children’s voices, and your best friend’s laughter.

Try to get, as clearly as you can, a sense of your own mortality. Try to stop, if only for a few moments, a fundamental aspect of consciousness – the denial of death.

2. Think about all the things you should be thankful for.

These are things you might have forgotten. But accepting your mortality should bring them back into focus. If you are healthy, that will probably be high on your list. If you have friends and family members you care about, they will be up there too. If you have had material success, you may put that on your list too – but certainly beneath health, family, and friendship.

3. Make a resolution that, from now on you will spend a moment every day contemplating your mortality and then waking up to your life and all the blessings you can enjoy while you are living.

“Gratitude,” said Cicero, “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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