“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”~C Dickens
Expect blessings and accept misfortunes with grace. Count your blessings, small and great, don’t dwell on past misfortunes or mistakes. Open up to the bigger and the better. It’s a simple philosophy but I believe that it works. There is only so much control we have within our power but our attitude is one thing that we do have control over.
I used to say “homemade” prayers with my son when he was a little boy. We’d each have to come up with 3 things for which we were thankful. Some days we all have to stretch it….at times I recall saying things like “I’m thankful for a bird that I heard singing today.” Some days that is more than enough. Today is one of those days for me as I visited the shrine here that firefighters, residents and visitors have made on a fence near a fire station in Prescott in dedication to the Yarnell 19 hotshot heroes. It kind of puts life into perspective. Here’s a shot from that memorial:
A wide angle lens from afar could not capture the entire scene; that’s how many people have come to give their thanks to those men. I missed all the memorials for the hotshots due to being away and am glad I at least got to see this.