Today I turned 59. Only 365 days from the big Six-O, This has been the cause of reflection and gratitude for me over the last few days as I think back on the abundant life I have had in this 59 years of life. To me, abundance is not money, but is life experiences, family, the country I live in and general happiness. Life’s been good to me so far.
I once read that “It is not happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy.” That is the Attitude of Gratitude that I have chosen to live by and over the next 365 days I want to post one item of gratitude a day that can show why I am happy.
As a new member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) back in 1975, I learned many hymns that were new to me. One of the best of these is called “Count Your Blessings” (lyrics and music here) with words by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856-1922). He was a prolific hymn writer. He has written over three thousand hymns, and no gospel song book is considered as being complete unless it contains some of his hymns. The music for the hymn was written by Edwin O. Excell (1851-1921), another prolific writer. This hymn is an inspiration to me, especially in difficult times. And so, based on this, I want to literally count them and name them one by one.
Today, on my 59th birthday, I express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for all the many blessings in my life. As is the case with almost all people, our life’s journeys take us into glorious places, deep and scary abysses and lonely plains. We travel the journey with many others and sometimes we travel it alone. I have taken this 59 year journey with the guidance and partnership of my Father in Heaven and his Son, my Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. It has not been easy, but it has been abundant.
I hope you will follow me on my Gratitude journey this next 365 days!