We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. — Thomas Merton
Not a day goes by that we fail to make choices. Our choices can be as simple as whether to eat toast and eggs or cereal for breakfast or whether to wear jeans and a t-shirt or slacks and a dress shirt.
Our choices may also be more profound and have far-reaching effect. We can choose to take our rightful place in the grocery check-out line or make someone’s life easier by letting the harried mother with only a few items go ahead of us. We can choose to be grumpy and hateful or pleasant and courteous. And, we can choose a life of thankfulness and gratitude, or we can choose to be selfish and self-centered.
We can choose a clutched, closed-fist approach to life or an open and sharing posture. The choice is ours to make.
By choosing a life of thanksliving, we open ourselves to fulfill all that we can be. When we recognize, honor, and share the many gifts we have been given, we will never run out of oil. Living with gratitude and thankfulness helps us to construct community and a web of relationships that sustains others, as well as ourselves. Living each moment as gift and blessing is an eye-opening, heart-widening experience.
But don’t just believe me. Choose for yourself and see how amazing a life of thanksliving really can be.
Photo by Per Ola Wiberg used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!