“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ― Thornton Wilder
How alive you may feel goes hand in hand with the gratitude in your heart. When you walk through your days, instead of going through the motions of life, fully receive all of your blessings by acknowledging them and saying quietly or out loud THANK YOU! Appreciation for what you have and sharing it with others is the spark that ignites the flame of love. And as Voltaire once said, “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Imagine that. When you take the time to truly appreciate your surroundings, friends, coworkers, teachers, musicians, artists, great thinkers, and great doers of your day, then you make their gifts your own. What an amazing benefit you get from having an attitude of gratitude! You get to experience the passion from a masterpiece of art, the wonderful arias that bring tears to your eyes, or the enlightening conversations that open your mind to something you never understood before. And, your life is profoundly impacted for the better by the excellence in others. When you let consciousness of the present moment wash over you, you truly see the joy that is in front of you. What better way to acknowledge that gift then to be grateful to them for letting you be a part of the whole process of EXTRAORDINARY that is brought on from them! This joyful experience in the connections makes life that much more magical as long as you continue to share the music of excellence that resides in you and appreciate the treasures of others in your life as well.