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Somewhere in the middle of the family’s Wii bowling tournament the other night, I found myself overwhelmed with thankfulness.  Maybe it was when I rolled two strikes in the 10th frame assuring me of a win in game one.  (They all took turns beating me after that).  Well, actually in that moment I felt relief…the thankful part came when I paused to really soak up all of the things that were going on around me.

It’s always a good time around the kids when everyone is laughing and having fun.  It has a way of allowing me to let go of everything that might normally be running through my mind and just experience my life in the present moment.  Even in the heat of fierce competition…yes, we take our Wii bowling seriously in the Shippey household…there is still opportunity to be grateful.

And what it really reminded me of the other night, is how we should be grateful all of the time for the countless blessings that we have in our lives.  Seriously, there are miracles going on all around us, and often it just takes a slight change in perspective to tune into all of the wonder.

Sounds a little kooky, I know.  But it really is true.

This doesn’t mean that circumstances are always great.  In fact, quite often there are things going on in our midst or perhaps happening to us directly which are unpleasant, uncomfortable, sad, or even tragic.  In these moments where a whole lot seems to be working against us, it’s pretty tough to count blessings.  And truthfully, you may not be able to focus on the positive until you come through a trying time and can see a little more of the big picture.  Even then, it may take some real effort.  Just know it’s possible to find it.

When life is more calm or “normal” as we’ve all come to call it, a really good practice that I highly recommend is to become aware of all of the great things that make up your life.  Even the little things.  Especially the little things.  Identify them and relish in them.

See if you can really sync up with the things that are going on around you.  Sometimes, by allowing yourself to tune into the miracles of the universe, you can actually attract more situations to you that will help you feel positive.  Gratefulness has a way of perpetuating itself.  A really amazing way.

And the choice to feel grateful is yours.  (That’s probably the best part of all of it.)

Try this – see if  you can identify at least one thing tonight before you go to bed that makes you feel like you’re part of something very special that’s going on in the grand scheme.  If you do, write it down.  In fact, start a list and do it every day.  By the end of the first week you’ll have seven specific things that you are grateful for and which you can reflect on.  If you do it for a month, you’ll have 30.  And it may become a habit.  At which point, you will be living a truly thankful life.  Before you know it, you’ll be overwhelmed by how good things really are and the miraculous nature of your existence.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

It all starts with recognizing that first thing.  It’s there, I’m sure of it.  For me the other night, it was just realizing how lucky I am to have such great kids.

Oh that reminds me, I need to go practice my Wii bowling…

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