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The Gift of Life

Updated on September 4, 2010

I’m just in one of my Reflection moods, as we are half way through the year. July 1st 2009. Life is precious and we should always have a heart of Gratitude.

We have our Lives - a lot of people started this week with us but they have passed away. MJ was alive this time last week and could never have known that the world would be mourning him in a week’s time. He is not the only one. So many soldiers go to war and one by one they become casualties. Loving parents preparing for the funeral of a precious child.

We can eat – We open the fridge, prepare food, eat, have seconds. Some people have the food but can’t eat. They have to be fed through tubes and some can’t even afford to buy the food. Greedy me - sometimes, I eat even when I'm not hungry but that's because the minute I open the fridge, everything in the fridge winks at me!

We have loving Families - Our families are so important to us, yet there are some children/people who are orphans or their parents abandoned them at birth. Some teens constantly move from one foster home to another and never know what if feels like to be loved.

Children – Our little Angels – Some people pay thousands of dollars/pounds for treatment just to have a baby. They could have millions of dollars in the bank but to them, their happiness will not be complete until they have a child.

We have Jobs – We wake up daily to go to work. In this recession, many breadwinners of the family have lost their jobs and can’t afford to support their family as they would like to. If you take away a man’s job, you’ve taken away his pride. There were times i'd wake up for work in Winter and say "here we go again - when will my lottery numbers come out?" But, I've stopped that now. I should be grateful for a job.

Safe Journeys – We should be grateful for safe journeys. Many have left home or travelled and never reached their destination. Some by car, train or aeroplane.

We have houses/flats – there are still a lot of people sleeping rough on the street and homes are being repossessed weekly.

A peaceful environment – there are some countries where bombs are still being thrown about in the air and it’s not easy to move around.

Achievements in life – everyone in life has problems but also every one in life has achieved something. So we should be grateful for what we have achieved.

Health – what can I say? There’s a lot happening all over the world. A nine year died from Swine flu in the UK about a week ago.

Freedom of speech – In a lot of countries you can talk anyhow about your president. Gordon Brown, PM of UK gets a lot of confrontation. People attack him verbally. If this happened in some other Countries, that person has had it. They'd be locked up!

Our Faith – I’m not going into religion, but I do know that most people have a faith they believe in which keeps them strong in times of trouble. Your faith helps you overcome.

There’s so much more……. We all have different things we are grateful for.

This is not to depress you, I actually hope its done the contrary. The people going through all the problems above are just like you and me. They don’t deserve it – but this is life.

It is a precious Gift. Lets be grateful for what we have and as we do, we open up ways for more Blessings to come us.

** May your Life be Blessed **

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks so much Duchess.

    Best Wishes.

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    Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

    Absolutley wonderful hub Lady_E

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Neil - Lovely, encouraging comments.

    Wishing you well.

    Elena

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    Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

    Keep Smiling and keep writing. Beautiful hub! Be of courage and strength.

    Love - Light - Laughter

    Neil

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    That's very encouraging Support Med - it helps us appreciate life more. I am grateful that I met someone like you on HP. :)

    You are an Inspiration and I Thank You.

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    I have made it a point of practice to express all that I am grateful for instead of focusing on these challenging times. Excellent for steering thoughts in a more positive direction. Voted-up/rated.

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    wordsword 8 years ago

    Nice hub its good to see the way you have juxtaposed things and made a genuine effort to show what are things are like. Thank you.

    peace...peace...peace

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    That's excellent news and may more follow.

    Lovely to hear from you, stay strong. Thannks xx

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    skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hi Lade E Yes the rent was paid on time.

    All is well. God has large hands. I got to really practice my faith and I never let up. I am eternally grateful. I am not sure how it all came together from various sources. Oh I sold a serving bowl for $400 probably worth $100 and he knew it but insisted. I got small insurance claim so on. God Is Love

    This fan will be back soon. I did read your beautiful hub again I needed a boost of fuel, spiritual that is. Hugs

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Nancy and Skye2day. :)

    Skye2day - "It shall be Well". Luv, E.

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    skye2day 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Gratitude. Yes Hi Lady E checking mail and hub pages thought I would stop in. I really enjoyed this hub. I

    am thankful God has many believers on hub pages. We all have our work cut out for us. We do not want anyone lost.

    Anyway This AM My hubby and I prayed and meditated on Gods promises around worry. It was awesome. Faith gives energy. God says do not fear 119 times in his Word. Neat stuff. I am in Faith God will provide.

    Hugs You are a blessing. Bless Be Blessed.

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    Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

    A life full of gratitude, love and laughter...Lovely hub!

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks so much Deborah. You know, I think its a wonderful thing to keep a gratitude Journal. This is the first time I'm reading about it but I think, when one is down, it would be an encouraging thing to read. (all the good things that has happened and still can happen) :)

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 8 years ago

    Lady E

    You are so right about always having a heart of gratitude.

    I try to make it a point to write in my gratitude journal in the evening before going to bed to thank God for what I am grateful for regardless as to how my day goes. I have learned we can always find something during the day that has transpired to be grateful for!

    Thank you for this great hub! I am also grateful to have discovered you on Hubpages.

    Blessings

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    Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    What a wonderful HUB! The Gift of Life how wonderful it is and how wonderful it can always be when you living for the LORD! Blessings my friend..

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Snuggles :)

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    fierycj 8 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

    Of course, Life is indeed a precious gift. A lot of us trample it underfoot. Its like we're the proverbian dog or swine who tramples the pearl underfoot. Good one, Sweetheart.

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    chandanakumarct 8 years ago from Bangalore

    Very Nice hub. Wonderful words touching heart. Thanks

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    mayhmong 8 years ago from North Carolina

    We are so blessed with so many things! Thanks for reminding us what we already have, and be thankful for it.

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    bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

    hi, Lady_E. Indeed we have to be grateful. Some of us maybe are facing troubles and problems but we just have to reflect and count our blessings...

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    Jodi Hoeksel 8 years ago

    Lovely hub!! Gratitude is indeed very powerful!! Thanks.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for your encouraging comments.  I'm glad that at this time in my life, I have the opportunity to meet lovely people on Hub Pages.

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    Philipo 8 years ago from Nigeria

    Every morning I thank for the gift of life. Every morning I join the 24 elders to say thank you Jesus. I do many things not by my own volition but by the specil Grace of God. He is the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, the I am that I am, the Mighty in battle, He is Jehovah.

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    \Brenda Scully 8 years ago

    count our blessings that is what we should do, lovely hub

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    Pete Maida 8 years ago

    Wonderful words. We all need to reflect now and then on how lucky we are. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Born Again 05 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. We certainly do have much to be thankful for!

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    jdove-miller 8 years ago

    I thoroughly agree. So many negative things are happening that without a heart of gratitude we would probably be afraid to walk out the door daily.

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    anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

    A life full of gratitude! That's what it should be like. Great hub.