Appreciate What You Have

I have learned to appreciate what I have. Several years ago, I almost lost my beloved cat, Merlin. He wandered off one night and was gone for 3 very long, very worrisome days for me. He is fixed and he never had done this before. We sometimes get coyotes in my area and while all my cats are watchful for them and stay close to home, one never knows what dangers lurk in dark woods. Typically my cats faithfully come home.

That Tuesday, my Merlin didn’t return home, when he was supposed to. He didn’t come home the next morning either, nor that night. Nor the next morning, where I was now in a panic. All this time, I was also having to deal with ordinary life, but I was very distracted. All my angels and spirit guides told me it would be OK; as did my various animal communication friends. And finally after 4 days of worry and walking the neighborhood calling his name, and posting signs and visiting shelters, etc., Merlin came home–a bit skinnier, but none the worse for wear. And my world was again happy and joyous and back in balance.

Last night, however, he came home very late and that night, six years ago, popped back in my mind, as I was letting him the back door at 2 a.m. And I remember then, what I remember today –that I was so appreciative of my angels and spirit guides to guide him home and put my mind at ease.

Tomorrow is another Fourth of July. We live in a wonderful country where thousands of global citizens seek to live in every year because ours is a country full of freedoms. And after last night and now this week being such a patriotic week, the Melanie song lyric about the big yellow taxi comes to mine: “…don’t it ever seems to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone….big yellow taxi came by last night and took away my old man….”.

So my question is: What don’t we realize that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone? What does it take to truly appreciate what we do have?

It took me for my beloved Merlin to get lost for days, to make me really appreciate having him in my life. His purr delights me and he can sleep by my side for hours comforting me with his mere presence. Every day I practice my gratitude and appreciate all that I have in this great country of ours.

And on this patriotic week of the Fourth of July–the week we gained our independence, I am very appreciative of my life as it currently is–free to be who and what I truly am– a loving creative extension of Source energy. And I can do that because I live in a country which allows me the freedom and resources to be that free and freedom-loving individual.

Our world in 2012 has shown us much strive and change. We are truly undergoing what I call and spirit guides call The Shift. So much is changing and yet, with faith, I can appreciate these changes because in the end, I know that the Divine Guidance provided to me will prevail and manifest into something wonderful.

This week I celebrate with the rest of the United States our national Independence Day holiday. I do so with appreciation and love and an open heart. I celebrate with friends and family all that this country stands for and is about. I appreciate my health and technology that allows me to type this message to the rest of the world.

Look around you this week and appreciate what you have. Maybe it’s not everything you want right now–but I bet that if you lost what you do have, you’d appreciate it then. Don’t wait until that time–appreciate it to today–so you don’t have to say: “…that we don’t know what we’ve got til it’s gone….”.

Give thanks…appreciate…be grateful…and let the universe know that you hold joy for the things you do have in your life…and watch more come to you as a result…

Happy Fourth Everyone and God Bless America.

With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Co-Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
www.IlluminatedEngagements.com

3 thoughts on “Appreciate What You Have

  1. This was great as I think we are too busy to stop and express our appreciation for the little things, as well as the big things! I was reading that we are forgetting how to recognize miracles… I don’t know if I can disagree. Miracles, extra-ordinary things occur around us all the time. When was the last time you recognized a miracle- every flower blooming, every child born, happy animals, and trees swaying to bring us a breeze. I have learned over the last several years to take a moment to stop and acknowledge others, their good works, and all the miracles that endlessly surround us. Try it for a week- it is good stuff 🙂

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