Three Things

We take so many things for granted in our lives.

A good way to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are is to get into the habit of thinking about three things – just three things – that we are grateful for today, and are amazing and incredible in their own right.

The fact that we can see, for example. Or hear, or walk, or talk, the fact that we have teeth to eat food, a chair to sit in, a cup of coffee, a book to read, a friend, a job, money, food to eat, water to drink, a computer, a fridge, a fork to eat with.  Electric light, heating, fresh water in our house.  A flushing toilet, a shower.  Or the beautiful sky, fresh air, a roof over our heads, the birds in the sky, the ants marching on the ground, the bees buzzing around the flowers, the wide variety of trees that surround us. I could go on and on…and on!

So much, yet how little time we spend thinking about it, how little time we spend being amazed and grateful for the incredible bounty that we have around us.

Get yourself a little notebook, and every day, make a note of three things that amaze you, that you’re grateful for having in your life today.  You’ll quickly become more aware of everything around you, and begin to appreciate how lucky you are.

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Autumn Leaves

Summer is a riot of colours; followed by lovely autumn, when the colours turn to vibrant hues of yellow, red, copper and gold. Remember how bright the flowers were during summer? Well now it’s time for the leaves to shine and show off.

Look at how the leaves drop one by one, gently falling and twisting before finding their way to the ground. On windy days, the wind requests a last wistful dance and they get up again, swirling merrily before settling again on the ground when the wind has had it’s fun.

Kicking through autumn leaves is a wonderful childlike pleasure of autumn. Listen as the leaves crunch when you step on them, and watch them jump when you kick into them.

As autumn advances, notice how the gold and copper colours turn into a deep brown, and how they start to rot slowly into the soil: providing next year’s nourishment for the trees and plants they surround.

It’s a gift from the old to the new.  Take the time to appreciate their beauty and the nourishment they provide to the earth.

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Dusk

In autumn, dusk descends quite quickly.  Watch the sun sink lower and lower and the how fast the light of the day disappears.

Notice how colours which were bright just a few minutes ago melt into a misty grey, and the world transitions into an old black and white photograph, before descending into a deep pitch black.  Even the shadows hide from the darkness.

Feel the change in temperature, which quickly drops when it’s deprived of the sun’s warmth.

Take the time to look up on evenings where there is little cloud cover, the moon can be seen glittering high above us, like a glowing globe put there to light our way home.

Dusk is a magical, almost mystical time, providing a daily rhythm and natural end to every day.  Take a few moments every day to enjoy it, rather than moaning about the dark.