Image: Project Zen
I'm sure by now everyone's heard of the tragic natural disaster in Japan, and I bet we're all feeling the same pull on our hearts for those affected by it. I've been watching the news coverage since early yesterday morning when I turned on GMA to get my recap of events for the day. The show usually has some good stories to share, but yesterday, it was completely different. You could just tell from the reporters' voices that this was something very serious..and then they played some video footage of the damages in Japan, and I quickly realized just how serious it was. If anyone has any friends or family that have been directly affected by this earthquake and tsunami, my prayers and positive thoughts go out to you.
It's funny - tragedies like this make you grateful for even the smallest things in life. Out of something so terrible, we are able to get something good. We get a renewed appreciation for our life, for our friends, for our family, and for all of the little "extras" that are a part of our daily routine, however small the may be.
I thought that today would be the best day to share with you something I found on a post from one of my blogger friends over at Project Zen. The image, seen above, is a great little reminder of a little mantra that we should be reciting to ourselves each and every day. I know that sometimes it's easy to forget to do this and it's easy to take things for granted, but in light of the recent disasters in the East, it reminds us just how important it is to truly be grateful.
So as you go through your day today, and every day, remember to recite this at least once in your head:
I will be grateful for this day.
Say it, and mean it. Take some time to review all of the things in your life that make it great, and never forget just how lucky we are to have what we have at our fingertips. Learning to have appreciation and gratitude for even the smallest of things in our life will make it that much richer.