Open Your Eyes…and your heart

I can honestly say that I am grateful for all of the blessings that made this year beautiful….even the ones that came in the guise of pain and confusion. 

Have you ever had the opportunity to look back on a painful experience and say “thank goodness that happened”?  Have you ever looked at a challenging moment and thought “this is an opportunity to build my patience muscle”?  Have you ever gone back to someone who guided or supported you and said, “I couldn’t have done it without you”?

Not everyone who reads this blog will celebrate Thanksgiving but everyone will have a reason to give thanks.

My question to you today is…are your eyes open?

Are your eyes open to the people that come into your life to teach you lessons and bring you joy?  Are your eyes open to the opportunity to give to others therefore compounding the happiness?  Are you open to looking at the simplest things like a smile of a stranger, the sun in the sky, or the sound of a giggle and appreciating how it adds texture to your life?

People often go through life with dark glasses or blinders and focus on challenges and failure.  They talk about illness and lack.  They complain.   But do complaints and blame serve us?  Do they help?  Or do they exacerbate the problems?

Find the beauty in each moment.  Find the lesson in the failure.  Find the reason to give thanks.

I am thankful for the people in my life, for the health and prospects before me, and for the removal of my blinders.

Action Step:  For a moment today take off the glasses…the blinders, and view the world as it is.  Make a list of all of the things and people you are grateful for and come up with one thing you can do to say thank you.  Life is short.  Don’t put it off.  Go, say thank you, today.

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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