Principle # 5 – Appreciate and see yourself and others bigger than they see themselves

I’m sitting on my screened deck and thinking about how fortunate I am for my life. The trees are waking up from a long, although mild, winter. The grass is growing and turning from brown to green. The weather is beautiful, even with a passing shower. There’s much to be grateful for.

We’ve been forced to slow the pace of our lives and to shelter in place. Accepting the fact that our global crisis is out of our control makes it easier to step back and reflect on the way we must live now…and how to make the most of it. Having the time to be with the people you share your home with is a gift. It’s up to you how you want to spend it.

I choose to be grateful for the time I get to be with my husband. We laugh more and have fun together without having outside obligations. And I’m grateful that my family is safe and healthy in their homes. I’m able to connect with them on the phone and through the internet.

It’s an inspiring time of year as many of us celebrate Easter and the new beginnings of spring. It’s a time of renewal. We are adjusting to a different way of life. Even though we are sheltered at home, there are many ways to continue our family traditions. We can still dye Easter eggs and have family dinners through Zoom. Being creative on how to connect can be fun. Get your family involved. Start new traditions.

“When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present … we experience heaven on earth.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Take time to reflect on how you spend your time. Are you spending your time on making lasting memories? How about reaching out and safely helping people?

Many of us think about what is important when we see the suffering of others. Remember to appreciate all the health care workers and first responders. They are sacrificing their lives to keep us healthy. We are not promised a long and healthy life. So be grateful for every moment of your life because you never know how long you will be here. What life will you choose…taking things for granted or a life full of love and gratitude? Visit passiton.com for more inspiration on being grateful. It’s my “go-to” website when I need hope. Check it out.

Be grateful for your life and your loved ones. We’ll all be better than ok when this is over…we will be great! We’ll share more love and be kinder. We are all connected, even though we are apart. Let’s continue to do our part by practicing social distancing and staying at home. Be kind and stay safe!

Freedom is possible!

Love,
Deb