The Things We Take For Granted

21 Nov

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

Wonderment Of Life

Most of us begin our days with a continuous list of things we need to do to keep our lives running smoothly, but we rarely take time to note all the things we don’t need to do. For example, we don’t need to figure out how to breathe. We don’t need to find a way to make sure the earth continues to revolve around the sun. We don’t need to concentrate to ensure that our heart beats and our cells regenerate. All of these things, and many more, take care of themselves without our having to think or do anything at all. This is the miracle of life on earth.

Beyond the wonder of the natural world, we have the wonder of human-created conditions such as indoor plumbing, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, and the Internet to name a few. Someone living just a hundred years ago would be overwhelmed by the ease with which we can communicate with people all over the world. Every day, millions of us jump on airplanes and fly to distant locations in a matter of hours. If we have access to a computer, we can read obscure information about any subject, free of charge, at any time of the day or night. And yet, it’s only when one of these miraculous inventions fails that we notice it at all.

When you wake up tomorrow, take time to notice how many things are running smoothly, how many small miracles compose your day. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, as you put them on, take a moment to appreciate the fact that without them, you would be unable to see. Your life would be entirely different if someone hadn’t invented corrective lenses. As you take in your world, you might feel a moment of gratitude for the basic fact that, once again, the sun has risen to illuminate the abundant earth, and the earth’s gravitational field holds you and all that you hold dear in a tight, life-affirming embrace.

Daily OM


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3 responses to “The Things We Take For Granted

  1. naturalhigh

    November 23, 2006 at 8:49 am

    Great post. Appreciation of what we have is often the key to happiness. And appreciation usually attracts more of what you are appreciating into your life.

  2. hudds53

    January 11, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Excellent post. It is so true and so sad that we do take so much for granted in our daily lives. We have so much to be grateful for and appreciative of, but instead of doing that we tend to spend our time fussing and struggling to get something more and are never satisfied.
    Great message

  3. Gracie

    January 12, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, hudds53, I will spend more time reading your poignant journal as soon as possible.


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