There is a lot to be said for counting your blessings. Frequently.
Driving to work recently, I heard a broadcast asking for three or four-word phrases that were words
to live by and that had meaning for yourself.
I started thinking about lessons from parents as I was growing up and lessons from where
life has taken me, and before I knew it I had quite a list:
Love one another. Say your prayers. Call your parents. Hug your kids. Eat your vegetables. Make
your bed. Read a book. Respect your elders. Always say thank you. Make it happen. Kiss me
good night. Play the music. Change your oil. Rotate the tires. Smell the roses. Tell the truth. Life is
short. Hold my hand. Health is wealth. God loves me. Clean up after yourself. Never give up. Change
bad habits. Look for the good. Be true to yourself. Take deep breaths. Find your passion. Laugh
every day. Learn something new. Let your spirit soar. Remember to smile. Value your friendships.
Count your blessings.
I realized as I was writing that so many of these things are blessings that improve life, either for me
or for those they are extended to, and in so many respects can be words to change your life, or the
life of someone else.
Author Suze Orman said, “When you are grateful, when you can see what you have, you unlock
blessings to flow in your life.” We can find blessings in every lesson, in every day, in every life
experience, if we take the time to look for them with a grateful heart.
I am sure as I continue to think about it, this list will continue to grow. I encourage you to create and
grow your list of words to live by that most likely will become blessings.
Written by guest blogger Shelley Stoeckl, Office Manager