Monday with Mac: Being Thankful for Appreciation
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." -Eric Hoffer
Welcome to another holiday season. The hectic pace of this season always seems to start the week of Thanksgiving... and that is right about now! As for me, getting together with family and friends over this week always proves to be busy, so much so that I often feel distracted from the point of Thanksgiving. I get so wrapped up in the activities of the week that I forget to appreciate the simple joys of life: a loving family, a wonderful feast, lifelong friends, time to relax, and so much more. That is why I would like to share a story I heard with you. It is not about Pilgrims or turkey, but it gets me back on track around this time of year:
According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a happy heart. Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out, saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old leather container. The student challenged his teacher: "Master, the water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?" The teacher replied, "You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The water was simply the container for an act of living-kindness and nothing could be sweeter."
On Thursday, use this story to remind yourself that your perspective determines what you see. Take the opportunity to slow down and count your blessings. Take time to taste the gift of appreciation on Thanksgiving and I guarantee you it will be more delicious than the most succulent turkey in the world!