"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." — Marcus Tullius Cicero
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About ten years ago or so I heard a story about a dentist who told a patient to only floss the teeth that they wanted to keep. Since hearing this story, I've flossed my teeth every day.
This got me to thinking about how easy it is to take things, circumstances, and people for granted, and how these blessings can easily become nothing more than the furniture of our lives.
Yet, when we approach life with this dentist's way of thinking, it can become a powerful source of change for our choices and behavior.
For example, from now on I'll only exercise the muscles, hone the skills, and spend time with the friends I want to keep.
All of these actions are ways of expressing gratitude the blessings that enrich our lives. Yet when we don't take time to maintain them, then that's another way of saying that we don't really appreciate them after all and don't really care whether they stick around or not.
What do you care about? How can you express gratitude for these things by maintaining them?
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Jonas Cain, M.Ed. is a storyteller, magician, musician, and facilitator of fascination on a mission to help you experience abiding joy.