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I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

I love this quote and it pretty much summarizes how I feel today. I don’t always say this but I love my dad so much. He’s my favorite man in the world.I am grateful that I have him as my dad.

As humans, we have the natural tendency to unconsciously take things and even people for granted. We wait for wake-up calls in our lives to occur before we realize how blessed we are. Practicing daily gratitude keeps us on the path of being present, helps us acknowledge the gifts we have already been blessed with, and cultivates positive thinking. Don’t wait until it’s too late. We must always remember that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.

Have you realized how fortunate you are for this another day that you’ll be able to live and enjoy? Open your heart, find different ways to show gratitude and take this opportunity to incorporate the practice of daily gratitude! 🙂