As I look at my own life I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all the gifts in which I have been blessed in having. From the gift of speech, hearing, having a family, a job, critical thinking, running, living in a beautiful home, having friends – the list goes on and on.

It’s not complicated. To take a moment and recognize what gifts you have in your life. Maybe it’s an understanding Mom. A really cool sister that cares about you. A coach that inspires you. Your pet. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be something worth hundreds of thousands of dollars – I’ve found we are most grateful for the non-material things in our life as we move through this life and identify and understand what is important to us.

What I think is important, is to formally recognize what you perceive as a gift and give gratitude for it on a consistent basis. It gives perspective. It humbles you – keeps you grounded. It’s a way to take an objective inventory of what you have in your life that you value. That does something to you.

When the first astronauts landed on the moon and they were able to look back at earth – this “Blue Marble” floating in space, their perspective of their life changed forever. Some astronauts had profound and life-changing shifts in the way they perceived their lives as it gave them a perspective they could not forget. It changed their relationships with everyone they encountered – including themselves. How cool is that!

Just saying – note the gifts.