How cool is that! I almost died!
Sound masochistic? Probably But not without explanation.
You see I had a car accident the other day which literally totaled my car beyond any usefulness. I can’t imagine it ever being fixed again because it looks damaged beyond repair.
So, you can imagine that after surviving an accident such as this I would feel ecstatic, right? I mean, come on, most people would probably say, “wow,am I lucky to be alive!”. I believe they would, as I did many years ago following a severe car accident and injury, declare and feel a deep sense of gratitude for having been spared- followed by deep gratitude for just about every little miracle they see on the daily basis; hummingbirds eating nectar, children interacting With love and joy as well as Business challenges that we get to confront and solve. I mean I was high on the fact that I survived, dodged a bullet and lived to face another day!
Well, I just had another such accident and… I don’t feel a sense of euphoric gratitude. I don’t feel that my life has change significantly in the areas of appreciation, gratitude and feeling amazingly blessed.
Why would I say this?
The answer is simple. I already live a life in deep gratitude. That’s the point! I ALREADY Live such a life of gratitude. You see, the last time I felt that massive gratitude was because I wasn’t in such appreciation, I wasn’t awake, aware, conscious and alert to the magnificent beauty abundance available to us on a daily basis, I WASN’T awake and aware of the “daily gifts” of this lifetime.
So, I use this recent experience as a report card. This report card tells me that I am living in integrity of my value – my value of gratitude.
And I ask you:
Are you in a state of deep gratitude every morning and every night?
Are you taking inventory on a regular basis of that which you are, indeed, grateful for?
If the answer is not a simple, YES, Then you may do well to do the following;
- Make a list of 20 things that, in general, you are grateful for right now.
- Next, add five things that you are grateful for that have happened in the last two weeks.
- Think of three people in your life right now that if, for any reason, they were not around that you would feel a huge loss, a huge void. And with this information play out in your mind how you would express your your deepest gratitude and love toward that person.