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A Reflection of Gratitude … Relatively Speaking!

One of the things I love most about Albert Einstein is that he had a way (at times) to simplify some of the most important decisions that we make in our lives.

He said this about how we see the world, “One of the most important decisions we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe!”

Simple right … you have two choices and based on your choice you will either live from a place of love or a place of fear.

Here’s what Einstein said about gratitude, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Simple … again you have two choices and based on your choice, you will either be ungrateful for most things in life or extremely grateful for the littlest of things in life.

According to Einstein our happiness comes down to how we per- SEE-eve  the world around us.

The truth is that sometimes our lenses get smudged or dirty. We can become cynical with age, especially if life hasn’t always delivered to us what we want or think we need.

Interesting Thought: We spend time cleaning the screens (lenses) of our laptop, iPhone, iPad, or android and yet we rarely take the time to clean the lenses by which we view the world, especially from the perspective of gratitude.

So maybe your lenses have gotten a little smudged …

If so, here are 3 things you can do to cleanse your lenses of gratitude:

  1. Go to a animal shelter and hang out … take some of the dogs out and play with them for awhile. Notice how happy they are to get a little love and attention … and all you did was throw a ball!
  2. Go to a homeless shelter and volunteer for a few hours so you can see how grateful those are who are less fortunate than you feel just because you listened to them. They just need to know that somebody cares … even if it’s for a short while.
  3. Go to a nursing home and spend a few hours with some of the folks who never get visitors … ask them their story and watch their faces light up because you seem interested in them,  knowing in the back of your mind … that could be the last time they ever tell their story to anyone.

Sometimes we simply need other living beings to reflect back to us what we most need to see for ourselves.

And isn’t it an interesting paradox …  sometimes it is in the eyes of those who have the least that reflect back to us … the most.

Then again maybe not … according to Mr. Einstein … it’s all relative!

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