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Being Thankful in the Moment

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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“ Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

So as many of you know there was a horrific accident in Denver last week on I-70, and this is one of those events that cause a person to take pause and reflect. For me this was a time for real pause because my boyfriend works in Denver and travels I-70 regularly. For those who did not hear about this, the last I saw about it there were a total of 28 vehicles involved and 4 people had lost their lives.

4 people who were on their way home, or to pick up kids from daycare, or on their way to work. 4 people whose families will never hear their voices again, will never see their faces again. 4 people who probably travel that road day in and day out and really don’t think twice about it. 4 people who will not get to appreciate another sunrise or sunset, the sound of a child’s laughter, the taste of ice cream…

When I heard about this I immediately thought of the fact that my boyfriend is on this road, and lots of roads, often. He travels for work from Denver to Pueblo and to Woodland Park and everywhere in between. I do not take for granted that he will be safe and will always come home, even though he has been doing this for years.

I am so very thankful for all I have in my life, the good and the bad. I am learning to appreciate the smallest things; life really a series of small things. We often rush to get to the end of things, the end of the project, the end of the class, the end of semester, the end of the day, the end of the drive… we are rushing to the end of our days.

It is easy to be thankful in the moment for all that life gives us, but often that feeling is fleeting. Try to hold on to them so it can serve you in harder times. I am working hard these days to try to not rush to get done so I can move to the next thing. I am working to appreciate the process. I think if I can appreciate the process, the feeling will be easier to hold on to because the thanks are not only for the end result anymore. I hope you will think about what you can do to appreciate the process as well, as these are life’s real moments!

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