Thanksgiving is right around the corner but, if we truly want to live meaningful lives, every day should begin and end with thanks. It is easy to appreciate the beauty of the fall season as the leaves change colors and crisp aromas fill the air. The SVC campus has so much character that it is hard not to walk anywhere without wishing I had a camera in hand to capture the scenery. Having a peaceful atmosphere allows the mind to wander and the imagination to stir up mounds of endless ideas and creativity. Life can feel overwhelming at times with work, classes, chores, jobs, activities, etc. and it is easy to forget about what is important and be thankful for what we do have. Below is a powerful quote that struck me when I read it:
We often get caught up in the whirlwind of our daily lives, forget to step back and smell the fresh air, and fail to recognize how blessed we are to live so comfortably.
As a college student, I know how easy it is to spend time focusing on the future and what is coming next, without cherishing what I do have in each present moment. This leads me to another powerful quote:"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, That’s why it's called the Present.” Can you image what life would be like if we could savor ever moment and stop worrying so much about the past and future.
A mentor of mine recently told me that the more I worry and dwell on why I am being distracted in certain situations, then the more distracted I become. I think this is a great lesson to all college students and anyone for that matter. Looking at life through the windshield instead of the rear view mirror and cherishing every moment as it comes along seems to be the best approach to living a fulfilling life.
I am personally thankful for all of the people in my life that have ever made me laugh or brought a smile to my face. I am thankful for my family, friends, teachers, and even strangers, who have impacted my life in some way and have led me to where I am right now. Every word and every action has the ability to change someone’s world.
I'll leave you with a link to a beautiful song about blessings: