Joy Gratitude Pursue Joy Today To Be Present In Gratitude Tomorrow

In today’s blog post, I’m coming to you from Piazza Navona in Rome. You’ve probably noticed I enjoy travel and it brings me joy. Last week I was in Paris, now in Rome and then onto Texas and New York. I’m in joyful mode… and being in Rome makes this very easy ;-)

One aspect I love about visiting Italy is the obvious joy that brims over in Italians’ everyday approach to life… and it’s not just due to an abundance of the best food and wine in the world. Standing in the Piazza -- a sort of grand Italian living room -- it’s midnight and I’m surrounded by people talking and enjoying each other and soaking up life. There’s an Italian proverb: Count your nights by stars, not shadows. Count your life by smiles, not tears. It’s not to say that there aren’t shadows or tears… but, don’t count those too much! It’s near impossible to be in Italy and not be filled with joy, as you’re certainly surrounded by it.

As many of you prepare to celebrate the holiday season, I ask what do you do on a daily basis to be present in joy and gratitude? What’s the source of your joy and how can you pursue it on a daily basis? {One hint for pursuing joy is to visit the 7 Checkpoints along the Best Life Map daily.}

While holidays are an important opportunity to take a pause from the day-to-day and be present in joy and gratitude, I believe it’s also important to make choices today to pursue joy so that you can be even more present in gratitude tomorrow.

A daily habit of gratitude allows us to recognize the simpler, but no less meaningful, moments that often pass us by.

G.K. Chesterton, who incidentally visited Rome, spoke of gratitude often {here’s a link to my earlier blog post on Chesterton’s view of gratitude}. He wrote, “The aim of life is appreciation. There is no sense in not appreciating things, and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.” We’ve got to appreciate what we have… however small it may seem or even if it’s in the midst of some of life’s challenges. I think Chesterton had the right perspective on gratitude and the place of importance it should hold in our lives. I imagine he would have us celebrate a Thanksgiving every day!

How can you best live with Chesterton’s perspective on gratitude & joy {since one leads to the other}? As you’re pursuing your Best Life, what can you add to your day that brings you joy? What or who brings a smile to your face -- is it a particular person or a certain place?

Find what this is and take action to build it into your days. The choices you make today can lead to gratitude tomorrow. So, I encourage you to cultivate joy everywhere you can!.

Each day is an opportunity to create joy and cultivate gratitude. Each day is an opportunity for thanksgiving. Each day we’re given is special...

I am so grateful for you, and every member of the Best Life Map community. Saluti, my friends!

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