Today Is A Wonderful Life

01/27/2013

5 simple rulesToday I feel blessed and bursting with joy at being alive! I recently went through an illness that reminded me, again, of how much I have to be thankful for. Pain and illness are temporary conditions for me, which is not so for everyone. Physical mobility is incredibly precious and in remembering others who give thanks for wheelchairs and ramps, I give thanks for my freedom of movement and refuse to forget and take it for granted. In flushing the illness from my body with literally gallons of water over a week, it’s easy to give thanks for the incredible privilege of clean running water supplied to my home and the filtration system to make it even more pure.

a good life The least I can do with my blessings is acknowledge my appreciation and let the love I feel well up and pour out into the world. I shine my light to the wonderful people I share my home with and make them laugh, and with my 4-legged family members and get tail-wags and purrs. Every being around me benefits from my loving light, from clerks in stores to fellow parishioners. I step out for a walk and stop to chat with a senior as she pauses on her daily foray. We express gratitude for kind neighbours keeping sidewalks ice-free and admire the chickadees who’ve come to investigate our visit next to their tree. As we part with smiles I send her more love, knowing her day has been brightened by our interaction, as mine has with her.

I return here to share how thankful I am for this forum, this wonderful place where we bloggers can share our lessons and adventures in learning how to share our inner light ever more brightly in the world. How we can and do transform any stumbling block into a stepping stone. For we know that the truest path to peace on earth is by developing and fostering our own bright inner peace which then radiates out from us in all directions.

smile God blessedThis day is an opportunity given to us to see what a wonderful life we’ve been gifted with. Thank you God, Great Spirit, Universal Intelligence – whatever name you want to use! This universal source for good rejoices as we rejoice. It brightens a grey sky when I choose to see the sun behind the clouds. As I take one step towards God by expressing gratitude, God shines towards me like a thousand suns.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!

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38 responses to Today Is A Wonderful Life

  1. 

    God be with you, Gina. I’m so happy you are alive and well. Greetings to your family and neighbors. I’m sending packets of good health and vitality your way.

  2. 

    You have a light that shines ever so bright! Thank you Gina for sharing it with all of us!
    Namaste.

  3. 

    Glad you are feeling better.

    BTW, Hello there! I have nominated you for the VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD! If you are interested, please click on the link to accept this award and check out the rules. I understand how time-consuming it can be to accept these awards (!) but wanted you to know that your blog has inspired me. CONGRATULATIONS, and all the best to you. Jen

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  4. 

    your inner smile shines through this post! isn’t it interesting how losing our good health will make us realize how lucky we are when we regain that good health? i do the same thing; i’m so happy when the illness leaves that i almost float down the street!

    i’m glad you’re well, and glad that you’re spreading sunshine!

  5. 

    Gina, I can feel that energy all the way over here in New Mexico! Thank you, Precious One, for shining your brilliant light of Love & Joy upon us all today!!! πŸ™‚

    P.S. I rejoice and give my gratitude for the healing you have received.
    Namaste, S

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      Hooray! Your happy comment makes me want to cheer πŸ˜€ I am delighted that my shining happiness has added some brightness to your already bright day in NM. And Sloan, dear heart, I thank you from my heart for the abundant White Light, Love & Prayers you generously sent my way as I know they helped in my complete recovery.
      Love and Gratitude,
      Gina

  6. 

    Ahh Gina, it is truly a gift to experience what you have written about here today. You are indeed an ambassador of peace and I am blessed by your blog.
    xo
    Diana

  7. 

    I did not realized you were sick Gina and I am glad you are feeling better. Being grateful is a very good healing tool, both for the body and for the soul…Sending you healing energy Gina πŸ™‚

  8. 

    Gina, this post just exudes with beauty and joy and light. Reading it is enough to fill my own cup today. I always say that most of what ails me can likelybe cured with more water, drinking it, soaking in it, wading in it…and I am happy to hear that it is helping you with your ailment too. You are right, we are very fortunate, and today, I am grateful for your blog. πŸ™‚

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      Thank you! Your comment has my heart filled to overflowing for the generous kindness which you exude πŸ™‚ I am delighted that this post could assist in filling your cup to the brim with beauty and light. Thank you for the light you are shining on me β™₯ Blessings, Gina

  9. 

    So happy to know you are feeling better, Gina! You’re so right that while illness and pain is uncomfortable, we have to be grateful knowing that it’s only temporary for us, especially since so many others in the world can’t say the same. I’m humbled by your positive energy even after such a difficult time and continue to be inspired by how you lead by example. Sending lots of good wishes and thoughts your way. πŸ™‚

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      Thank you so very much Lillian! Your kindness warms my heart and brighten my day. I appreciate you and your lovely comments, today and always. πŸ™‚ Blessings, Gina

  10. 

    I am so glad you are feeling better. You let your light shine before all of us. I am glad to see your light in your post. Thanks for sharing.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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      Thank YOU Francine, for your kind cheer of support, and for sharing your light as well. May your shining light continue to inspire and illuminate us all.
      Love and Light to you dear heart! Gina

  11. 

    Reblogged this on Awakestate.

  12. 

    so glad you are feeling such joy & thankfulness! may your recovery continue to be blessed. πŸ™‚

  13. 

    That post bubbled its way over right to the United Kingdom with its energy, love and vitality! Glad to see you on top form again. We all have so much to be thankful and happy for…right in front of our noses usually…and yet we forget…sigh!

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      πŸ˜€ Stephanie Jill, I am delighted you felt my loving light over ‘the pond’. I am very happy to be feeling better and yes, too often we take good health for granted, so I hope to remind us all as I remind myself πŸ˜‰ Love and Light, Gina

  14. 

    Gina you shine..your light is so bright and welcoming, so warming and genuine – anyone fortunate enough to be in your orbit is wrapped up in pure sunshine. With arms wide open – thank you to the universe and with a cyber-hug, thank you for such a wonderful blog.

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      Thank you dear heart! I feel all cozy and loved wrapped up in your cyber-hug πŸ™‚ I am thankful for so many things, especially the caring friendship with lovely people like You! Hugs xo
      Love and Light, Gina

  15. 

    Thanks for posting this, I needed it, I am going through a hard patch at the moment and I will get stronger from it. It feels great to read your post. Thank you so much Gina.big hug!

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      Hello dear Ute! May this hard patch be soon behind you and I absolutely know you will be stronger for coming through your trial. I am sending you abundant love and white-light to surround and protect you as you make your way through. You are a shining light in the world, and I am so thankful to have you as a friend here. Big happy hugs, Gina

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        Gina, thank you for those wonderful words. Even though it is tough, my sister said that I said the right and comforting words to my mum and she admired me. I am glad I can still comfort others while I feel needing it. I am getting through it and your words are keeping me going. Thank you ever so much, I am very happy to have you as a friend, With much love and a hug!

  16. 

    Thank you for including a ping-back to my post from your wonderfully inspiring article Tomas! With gratitude, Gina

  17. 

    I really relate to the quote that “the smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect….”
    Once at the check out counter at the supermarket, the clerk asked me how I was and I answered truthfully, “I’m struggling with a horrible headache.” He looked at me curiously and asked, “Then why are you smiling?” I hadn’t known I was. It’s a habit, more than a virtue, but I do tend to smile at people no matter what is going on inside me. Pain is real and part of life, but I don’t have to pass the misery on.

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      Such a lovely comment here Eileen. Yes I too often don’t realize I’m smiling, even when in pain. I love your viewpoint that you ‘don’t have to pass the misery on’. I agree! Bless your heart, and may your day be joyous and bright. Cheers, Gina