November 15

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 15: “The word appreciate is a magical one. It has 3 meanings. It is a meditation and manifestation: it means to (i) take note, (ii) to value,  (iii) grow in value. So when you when you become first aware, and when you really value  – all in this precious life – then you and all you do will blossom, appreciate and grow in value.”― Rasheed Ogunlaru

What a wonderful quote this is! I love the language and I love the way these ideas flow into a lovely piece of poetry. Words are amazing things to me, and sometimes the way they are used by another person just makes me want to cry. This quote does that for me!

It is a different kind of quote, for one thing, and the logical sequence that is placed on the values of a single word totally resonate with me. But I truly love words. Truly love them. I am grateful quite often for the way words can say what I want to say. And when I don’t know exactly how to use them, I can always find another person’s words that communicate for me what I mean. Isn’t that lovely? And the cool thing about being alive today is the abundance of material I can access so quickly via internet. I am old enough to have lived with libraries and books and microfiche and old ways of finding words. The way it happens so fast today is still a wonder and miraculous to me. I love that as well!

And the idea of taking note, valuing, and growing (increasing) in value in this precious life is just a stunning way of saying what I believe about this experience of waking up each day and going about my little life. I find it precious and then some!

And I know that I keep blossoming, appreciating, and growing in value. My value may only be seen by me, but it is there, nonetheless. As I age and gain wisdom, insight, and greater gratitude all the time, I see why I am here and I know that I am just another one amongst many who can proclaim to the heavens that the Universe is perfect and beautiful and a marvel to behold each minute of each day…and I don’t want to be so burdened down by Ego that I forget about any of that.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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