Life In The Village

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Make the World a Brighter Place

Published by J.Downie under on 3:27 PM

This time of year is traditionally a time to be with family, friends and loved ones.  Unfortunately we get caught up in the “Holiday Spirit” with all the rushing around, decorating and buying, buying, buying.   

Take a step back, slow down and truly enjoy and appreciate the company you’re in.  Your family, your friends, your loved ones, and even you, all deserve to relish the time spent together.  You have it today but it may be gone tomorrow.  So give thanks on a daily basis to the little things that make life wonderful and to those who are wonderful in your life.

Ways to give thanks on a daily basis:

1.  Say Thank You.

I think that’s a pretty obvious one but a lot of people just don’t say it.  A simple thank you goes a long way.  So mind your manners and say thanks.  Don’t forget to teach the little ones of this world to say it too. It might just make the future a brighter place. 

2. Gratitude.

Gratitude is your appreciation of the things you have in your life.  Show a little gratitude every day. This goes along with number one –like if someone holds the door open for you, show a little gratitude and say Thank You.  Appreciate other people’s smiles, the scribble on paper your child made for you, the fact that someone else changed the empty toilet paper roll, or when a coat is hung up instead of tossed on the floor or wash machine.  There are so many little things in life that we need to show gratitude towards. 

3. Enjoy nature.

Enjoy the beauty that nature gives to us on a daily basis.  Whether it’s sunny, rainy, stormy, snowy or night time, nature has a something unique and beautiful to give to the world.  Make a habit of stopping your hectic life and taking in the simplicity around you.  Even if you dislike rainy or snowy days, that rain will give you greener grass and that white beautiful snow will cover up the brown dirt and dead grass, so appreciate it for what it is.   

4. Celebrate.

Life is a celebration.  Celebrate life by taking a moment to enjoy that hot cup of cocoa, that smooth glass of wine, the fresh crisp veggies, that warm tight squeeze from your child, the invigorating feeling from spin class as you sweat out those toxins or the cozy down comforter as you snuggle in to bed.  It doesn’t matter how you celebrate just make sure you take a moment every day to do so because your life is worth celebrating.

“The more you notice the love, the miracles and the beauty around you, the more love comes into your life.” ~Betty Eadie



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