Today’s Gem of Gratitude #321

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Today I am thankful for great books. I have always been a lover of reading, writing, and all things book-related. In fact, I discovered at an early age that there was so much to learn, imagine, and discover within the pages of a great book, that having access to great books became entirely indispensable. Be it a small book or a large book, a classic story or a contemporary novel, fiction or non-fiction, there was always something worthwhile that I could glean from just about any great book. And the icing on the cake was the fact that books in their nature were portable; so, no matter where I went I could take a great book with me – if I decided to take a bubble bath, a book would help me to relax. If I needed to pass the time on a flight or a lengthy road trip, a book would temporarily transport me to a distant world via my imagination. And if I simply desired to de-stress, a book would quickly relieve much of the tension that had found its way into my space throughout the day.

In addition, through my continuous appreciation of great books I have learned so much about myself over the years – everything from why I think the way that I think to why I choose the relationships that I choose with the people with whom I choose them. And though I will not even try to claim that the books that I have read have always contained content that could be directly applied to my life or expressly related to my life in some way, many of them have either revealed to me certain truths about me, such as realizing that I needed to change my perspective of something or someone, or helping me to empathize with someone else’s situation, including that of the people who are nearest and dearest to me, among other things.

In essence, books have oftentimes been the perfect companion for me while enjoying the silence and peace that has been a necessity in my life, and they continue to serve me in that uniquely wonderful capacity. #lovebythedrop

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Today’s Gem of Gratitude #294

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Today I am thankful for social media. I will be the first one to admit that there are some inherent downsides that accompany the use of social media, which, if I took the time to list out every one of them, it would likely take quite a while to do so. However, the negative aspects associated with the use of social media are not the primary focus of my entry today, but I do want to acknowledge their existence as a reminder to us all of the importance of governing ourselves accordingly.

Despite there being negative aspects associated with the use of social media, the positive aspects associated with its use are prevalent and beneficial. Some such positives are social media’s ability to connect people with each other throughout the world, to communicate in manner that is practically instantaneous, and to share just about any information that one wishes to share whenever one wants to do so. There is a sense of freedom that is associated with that, albeit a freedom that does carry with it substantial responsibilities.

I thoroughly appreciate the fact that I can share my thoughts and interact with people who make their homes throughout the world, people whom I may or may not have actually made their acquaintance. Though travelling is something that I enjoy and always want to do more of, it many not always be feasible for me to travel to the many places to which I want to go throughout the world, whenever I wish to do so. Yet, thanks to social media, I can at least allow a portion of my self – my thoughts, wishes, and sentiments – to make that trip even when I cannot physically do so myself. And when facilitated in a manner that is responsible and reasonable, communication via social media effectively expands the reach of the human heart, mind, and soul, all while leaving lasting footprints on the human condition. #lovebythedrop

Today’s Gem of Gratitude #197

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Today I am thankful for inspiration. Inspiration comes to me from many different places, through many different routes. Sometimes it’s a song that I hear, a movie that I see, an e-mail message that I receive, or a person whom I encounter that provides me with an idea for a poem, a blog entry, or even a long overdue letter to someone whom I care about. At times, I may be walking down a street, driving in my car, or even riding in an elevator when a thought pops into my mind and I begin to scramble for a pen and a piece of paper or my phone so that I can make note of my creative musings before the moment, and the inspiration, passes me by. Other times, a phrase or even a word that someone says might strike me, and even though it makes an impression on me I may choose not to make note of it. And oftentimes, in those instances, the phrase or word will linger with me all day, popping up again and again, just about every which way that I turn, following me until I make it a point to stop and take note of it.

Thankfully, inspiration finds a way to reach me and hold onto me, even when my life is so busy and it feels as though my creativity has been zapped by the immediacy of each circumstance that I encounter. I am learning that inspiration will always be there, searching for me, and that it’s up to me to remain perceptive and receptive so that it will not pass me by. #lovebythedrop