23 February 2011

Day Fifteen: Paying Attention

Have you ever noticed how you don’t really pay attention to something until it isn’t available to you anymore? So much is taken for granted. You assume that it will always be there for you, so you fail to treat it with the care and respect that it deserves. It isn’t so special to you anymore. There is no urgency in regards to paying attention to it NOW. This “it” can be something as mundane as a clothes dryer or someone as important as your spouse, child or parent.

Then suddenly, without warning, you don’t have it or them anymore, and you’re left wondering what to do. An appliance can be replaced. It might take awhile to finance it, but it can be replaced. With people, it isn’t that easy. No one can truly ever be replaced. Those that leave, or are lost to us, take a piece of us with them wherever they go.

Take the time each day to show appreciation for the loved ones in your life. You might not get another chance.

15. I am thankful for hot water, hot showers, and a home in which to take them.

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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