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Do you think this is just another day in your life? It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you. Today. It’s given to you. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. ~Brother David Steindl-Rast

Yesterday morning Craig replayed a TEDxSF – Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude. In the middle of maneuvering open tabs on my computer, I stopped.

Gratitude. It’s a word shared loosely. Said often. Scribbled as a mantra on a wall. How many times have we heard our parents/mentors begin a sentence with…”Just be grateful that…”? It hangs at times as a reminder of obligation, much like needing to exercise or floss your teeth. Often, it is an effort, a conscious practice.

But, good things normally are.

Sitting on the balcony of our Chiang Mai hotel, it is day 3 since we left home to start the journey to Laos. It is overcast and breezy. At the back of the building, our view is of the trees and tin rooftops, the golden pointed peaks of Buddhist wats against rounded hills.

I am grateful for this and for…

…our health and pain-free living

…the love of family and friends who support even when it hurts

…opportunity, courage, and trust.

And you? What is your “thank you” for the day? 

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