Let Hunger and Gratitude Deepen Your Time

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Hunger and gratitude enrich moments.

What do hunger and gratitude have to do with time?

Well, pausing to appreciate the so-called small things is one of life’s greatest joys. 

But that takes time. And in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, that may be a joy that we neglect to give ourselves.

Taking it a step further, if we live lives of relative privilege, we may not even notice, let alone appreciate, those everyday things.

Hunger and Gratitude

In thinking about this, the other day, I was reminded of two quotations that I love:

We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
Cynthia Ozick

Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.
Horace

When making decisions and time choices in our lives, the foundational goal, for many of us, is to always be sure that the basics are well-tended to.  I mean things like food, shelter, and clothing. We strive to assure that these things are “givens.”

Many of us have succeeded very well at that.  We feel that we can count on those basics. And then we tend to forget about them.

Then sudden change intrudes.

Then something happens. Maybe it’s an economic meltdown. Or maybe it’s a health problem or a natural disaster. Whatever the change is, one effect is sure: the life we created is in disarray and upheaval. 

Perhaps the comforts that we took for granted now seem like luxuries. Perhaps we experience cold or hunger or some other uncomfortable or disorienting change.

Life looks very different as we sort out our new situation.

Fragility, Hunger, and Gratitude

In such times I find it grounding and eye-opening to remind myself of the fragility of the life I have constructed. 

This I do, not to frighten myself or create unnecessary worry, but to deepen my gratitude for each and every gift that I am receiving in each day.  From the warm room I awaken in, to the luxury of having choices for lunch, I am grateful. Hunger and gratitude, hand in hand, awaken me to the gifts of each, everyday moment.

Change changes everything…

When I let myself feel this, I experience my days in a whole new way.

So-called small things don’t look so small anymore. My moments feel deeper and fuller. These simple gifts are available, right at my fingertips, all the time

How about you?

As you move through your everyday life, what are the small things that you are grateful for?

What one step will you take today to let the Attitude of Gratitude more thoroughly permeate your moments? 

And this helps, too…

Have you had times in your life that just felt good to you? Moments that you would go back to if you could? I call this your ‘Ideal Day” and it’s different for each of us.

What do you picture when you imagine something like that for yourself? Are you peaceful and quiet? Maybe you’re focused and fully engaged in a project or pursuit. The answers will be unique to you, but what’s always the same, though, is that it’s something you can give yourself whenever you choose.

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Let’s explore time together…

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