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What Gratitude Brings That Nothing Else Can...

Updated on November 22, 2012

“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

Who In The World Are We Now?

We have spent more on weapons and ways to harm and kill each other than on almost everything else combined. We use the earth as a target and a dumping ground. Is it that life really isn't that important or have we just lost sight of what really matters? Is it because there are so many of us that we think life is arbitrarily expendable?

I am in constant awe when I see pictures from the Hubble telescope of the extraordinary nature of our universe. The magnitude of being alive at this time and in this place cannot be overstated. We are the product of billions and billions of years of progression. And yet, we have taken on the role of anihilating God's imagination. Who are we that we would squander the most magnificent of creations? My only answer could be we are the ones whose consciousness lives in darkness. The darkness I speak of here is ignorance.

Regardless of your view on God, I think it is fair to say that we, at least, all believe that the universe is filled with consciousness and consciousness by its very nature must have a source. Just as every child needs time to mature, humanity at this juncture has matured, but what we have matured into, in my opinion, is a threat, a threat to our very existence. En mass, we are the serial killer, we are the menace in the dark alley waiting to pounce. We have another choice, however. We have the phenomenol gift of discernment. We can always change our minds. We can always take another path.

Gratitude is the path of which I speak. Gratitude allows us to embrace the people and events around us and acknowledge the contribution they make to our lives. Gratitude brings light to the mind. It gives us a venue where beauty and abundance are available to enrich us. When you think of the things that bring the greatest joy to your life you must look out to see them and your doing so brings expansion to your awareness. Taking conscious action from this place is one of the best avenues we have to ensure our future in this amazing universe. As John F. Kennedy once said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

On this Thanksgiving I am grateful for you. I recognize the wonder of this place and I am thankful to be able to share it with my family, the family of humanity.




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      CreatePerfection 4 years ago from Beautiful Colorado


      Thank you for your visit. I always appreciate your wise comments and am grateful to have you here on HubPages.



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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Beautifully said, Lela. We must protect this sphere of existence, so that future generations can enjoys the wonders, too.