Gratitude – Starting Over

March 22, 2015 Gratitude


My lawn needs cutting again, I haven’t cleaned the grill on the barbecue since I recently used it, it is time to turn the earth in my vegetable garden, and many other outdoor chores await my attention. Spring is officially here. Actually, where I live in Canada’s southwestern corner, it has been here for quite some time. While eastern North America still struggles in some places with snow and freezing temperatures, we missed it almost entirely. Our total accumulation of snow amounted to almost an inch one day last December.

  • Do you get annoyed when others discuss how much better things are where they live?
  • How about when others brag about their personal accomplishments?
  • Do you allow these resentments to build up?

Well, don’t! It is your life, your challenges and your opportunities that really count.

Where I live is considered a temperate rain forest. I love where I live and who I am. I do not pine to be like, or live like, anyone else. I do not consider myself to be greater than nor lesser than anyone else.

Spring is a time of re-birth, of vitality, of starting over again. Have you ever wondered what you would do different if you could start your life over again? It is not too late, you know. I have started over several times since I was thirty.

  1. Each time I was forced to assess what major struggles I was going through and what kind of life I would rather have.
  2. Each time I had to admit that my way of thinking was not working to my best advantage.
  3. Each time I had to open myself up to new people, new ideas and new approaches with a new attitude.
  4. Every time it brought about a major transformation in my life.

When my dog and I walk through our gardens and off onto the trail we have into the forest, I see and appreciate different things every day. Hyacinths, primulas, daffodils, violets and others are currently in full bloom in our garden.  Tulips, kerria, roses, azaleas, rhodos will present their fragrance and beauty when the time is right. Nothing is ever the same. Everything is in a constant state of changing – including you, including me.

When is it your turn to bloom? When will the soil be the right temperature? What do you you have to do to prepare? Who will you reach out to for help?

I urge you to have a serious look at your life and where you are heading. Rather than seeing it through the lens of what you has suffered with, I suggest you put on your gratitude glasses.

  • Reflect on what you have learned from the challenges you have met and be grateful for them.
  • Recall the people you have learned valuable lessons from and feel gratitude for them.
  • Regardless of how humble your home and possessions are, be grateful for whatever comfort they offer.
  • Do not let a day go by without expressing gratitude for all the things that make you a special person with a role to play in making this a better world.

We are all unique and have the potential to bring about changes in our immediate world. Finding out who we are and what we are capable of is the big mystery of life. I love mysteries and love seeing how they unravel. How about you?

 “I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children




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