The world looks a little nicer as you peacefully float down from sky and, although I was pretty scared, I felt grateful to be alive; to be able to view the earth as the birds do...up high and looking back towards home.
Being grateful for the little things in life are, I believe, what make life pleasurable. Waking up to a new day, hearing the birds (and frogs) singing, smelling the delicate fragrance of wild flowers...these are the true treasures of life. Alphonse Karr a French journalist and critic from the 19th century said of roses, "Some people grumble that roses have thorns. I am grateful that thorns haves roses." And isn't that how we should try to view life?
Sure, life has challenges but knowing that every single day the sun will rise and the birds will sing, are some pretty compelling reasons to muster through our troubles with a smile. I like to view life as one, big rose. We all start off as tiny buds and, as we mature, bloom into something special and wonderful. A rose doesn't try to hide its beauty...the rose just is. It's there for all to see, admire, and enjoy, Just like the rose, we each are colorful, special, and can bing joy to the world. We each have our own thorns, but how we negotiate them is what makes life interesting. We can see them as trouble and let them get the best of us, or, we can view them as opportunities which help us grow and become stronger. The choice is up to us.
Life is beautiful, of we allow ourselves to see it. Falling to earth, from 3500 feet, opened my eyes to the vast richness of our planet. It showed me how small we are and how short our time is here. I may never parachute again...the jury's still out on that...but I do know that I will seize the moment every single day to live a full, rich and grateful life.
As you begin your week, try being grateful for everything you have, including the job you may not like so much. There will always be others out there you think your life is awesome and would gladly trade places with you. Isn't it time you became envious of you? You have it all; you only need to open your eyes and look.