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posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 30, 2013 08:25

Gratitude is absolutely essential to human beings.  Gratitude keeps us grounded.  Gratitude reminds us of “the really important stuff” in our lives.  Gratitude is defined as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful” (

Do you take time to acknowledge “the really important stuff” in your daily life or do you con yourself into saving it up for the big one?  For example are you thankful for that first cup of coffee in the morning or are you going to be very thankful when you win the lottery?

Saving up for the big one is a common trap.  In my personal opinion that is procrastination.  Procrastination is a very slippery slope. Put a foot out there and suddenly you are careening, wildly, out of control, wondering “what just happened?”

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How am I grateful?  When? And why?
I take time throughout each day to be grateful.  Each morning I express a prayer of gratitude for that first cup of coffee, the fragrance, the flavor, for that moment of peace when nothing else matters but the silky slide of hot coffee down my throat!

I was grateful several days ago when I blew a rear tire on a busy highway.  Some may read this and think “you’re nuts, why be grateful for a blown tire”!  My answer to that is simply, if it was a front tire, our vehicle could have and probably would have rolled; in that context, a rear tire is not a huge issue. 
I was grateful that I knew how to change the tire.   My son knows the procedure and thought of it as an adventure (he is 7)! 
I was grateful that the tire was changed out, torqued and we were back on the road in 10-15 minutes.  My years in the oilfield and on the farm paid off in spades.  Expressing gratitude, very quickly in this case, gave me confidence and an inner sense of peace to deal with the situation quickly and effectively.

I was grateful again, as our beautiful son Wyatt was fitted with his hearing aids.  The light that blossomed on his face when they were activated was amazing.  
I am so grateful each time Wyatt says “Mom I am exploring sounds”, I offer up thanks for the professionals, resources and support we have.

My takeaway message is simple:  express gratitude often, be grateful for “the really important stuff” in your life, be sincere in your expression, and teach your children gratitude.  

This quote by Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose sums up gratitude! 

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

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