A Gift What is the best thing you have ever received? Was it a thoughtful present, a new flower garden, a surgery that corrected chronic pain, your partner, a hug, a child, your salvation, compassion, grace? Take a moment to revel in how it made you feel when you received this. Did you get chill bumps, get that fuzzy feeling all over, or simply feel present and grateful? What if I were to tell you that every single day that you open your eyes that you are receiving a gift.
What is your favorite place you have visited? Was it a national park, animal sanctuary, flower garden, memorial site, someone's home? What was it about this place that made you feel so astonished? Was it the way it looked, the way it smelled, the way it felt, the way it sounded? What about it changed you forever? There are some places that we visit that will impact us for the rest of our lives. Imagine if you could live in such a place of magnificence every single day.
What is a great story that you are familiar with? Does it involve a person, an animal, a fictitious character, God, plants, energy? For a moment, I want you to bring the message of that story into focus in your mind. Take a minute. Close your eyes. Think. What is the best part about your favorite story? Is it the lesson, the adventure, the triumph, the challenges, or simply the manner in which it was written? I want you to contemplate momentarily what it means to hold