Some of my concerns seem trivial, keeping me from what matters most.
On the last leg of a trip a delay kept me in the airport for hours. I was tired and longed to be home. My frustrations were interrupted by watching a family with three young kids, one of whom was in a wheelchair following cancer treatments. Their tender interactions were remarkable. As we spoke I realized I was in the presence of love.
I could have held onto my frustrations but instead was invited to return to what matters most on the landscape of my life.
The family whom I encountered caused me to think about those who have nursed, nurtured and nourished me with loving care. My thoughts of them soon morphed into gratitude.
Instead of a frustrated passenger boarding my last flight home I got onto the plane feeling grateful. I fell asleep that night feeling blessed by the people and love that matter most. I woke up thinking of the family I’d encountered and gave thanks for them and their unexpected gift.
Name and give thanks for those whose who love you
Intentionally name one person each day that matters to you
Notice how focusing on what matters most in your life changes your reaction to the frustrations of the day.
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