I would like to talk about gratitude today. There are so many things we take for granted, many of them blessings that others can only dream about. I would like to share a story with you today that I was reminded of the other day.
I was on a run recently in the early morning when I noticed the bright sunlight hitting the windows of a house on the other side of the valley. It reminded me of that story about a boy who lives on a hillside. When he looks across the valley he sees a beautiful house with amazing golden windows. As he’s growing up, he always wants to go there because he thinks it is going to be the most amazing place.
Once he turns 13 he’s old enough to set out on his own. He travels all the way across the valley. It was a long journey, lasting many miles. When he finally arrives at the house he realises that the windows aren’t gold after all. And when he turns around and looks back at his own house, he sees that his own house is the one with the golden windows.
If you would like to read the whole story, here is the original by Laura E. Richards.
A metaphor for gratitude
I think this story is such a beautiful metaphor for gratitude.
As we’re struggling, even limping along towards Christmas, I would like you to think about all the good things you have in your life. If you have a house and clothes to wear be grateful. Do you have a family to spend time with? Be grateful. If you don’t, go out and find someone, maybe volunteer at a shelter or in a care home. Spend some time with people who have no-one in their lives.
Be grateful and start every morning thinking about 3 things you have to be grateful for, however big or small they may be. It lifts your mood and sets you up for a good day. I have some clients who used to wake up day after day in a low or anxious mood. Before they worked with me, their days usually went the same way. If you simply start by thinking of 3 small things you have to be thankful for when you first wake up, you set yourself up for a better day.
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