Appreciation is the Name of the Game

This is the view I wake up to every morning, looking out my kitchen window. How could one not feel appreciation about that?

This is the view I wake up to every morning, looking out my kitchen window. How could one not feel appreciation about that?

My mantra for the last few years has been simple: To live life well. I am not “religious” in the way our culture views that term, and I don’t know the Bible well, but I do know that one of Christ’s urgings to his followers was to do simply that – live life well. He held that doing just that is all one needs to do to spread joy and inspiration. Basically, by being an example.

I must say, it takes some doing, this living life well thing. How do you do that when you hurt or are ill? Or when you are terribly stressed out about work? Or when, bottom line, you don’t have enough money to get by. I really can’t answer that because I am far from an expert yet, even though living life well has become my primary goal in life.

The following quote is taken from a workshop conducted by Abraham-Hicks on my birthday, in the city where I was born, no less, several years ago. Finding this quote was certainly NOT an accident, wouldn’t you agree?! These words offer the very best clue I have yet found on how to “live life well.” I may have to tape them up on my bathroom mirror to keep me reminded of the simplest way I can accomplish my dream of living well:

“If all you did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life. If there was nothing else that you ever came to understand other than just look for things to appreciate, it’s the only tool you would ever need to predominantly hook you up with who you really are. That’s all you’d need.”        — Abraham

Excerpted from the workshop in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, January 26th, 2002

Yes, this is hard to put into practice when one is faced with hardships or ill health, but in my case I have so many things to appreciate at the tips of my fingers that I really have no excuse, whether I’m having a bad day or the flu or what. For me those things have a lot to do with the animals that surround me, the beautiful land I live on, and the family and friends that I cherish. For others it may be a different list. All I know is that when I do what Abraham suggests, and focus on the things I love, I feel a deep state of appreciation, blessedness, and thankfulness, and what can be better than that?

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