What Do You Appreciate in Your Life? Why?

Maybe God created the desert so that man could appreciate the date trees, he thought. from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Although I don’t subscribe to the belief that somethings were created so we could appreciate other things. I believe that all things are created because the Universe is endlessly creatively expressing itself in an infinite number of ways. Just as an artist may have some paintings they feel are sell-able and some are worthless, the Universe may have things perceived as “good” and “bad.” Yet all things are from the Universe and all are expression of that Self. I also believe that we human beings have an active place in the endless creation of the Universe. That we are not passive in response to the creativity around us. I believe we can influence what occurs and how something will flow.

I also realize that there are things that happen in our lives that we don’t like. We are hurt physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and we rail against God and the Universe thinking “WHY ME?”. We look around at our world and see “good” and “bad,” “right” and “wrong,” god and the devil. When we are caught in this viewpoint, it helps to step into gratitude and appreciation. The phrase “you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone” was created for a reason. We forget how lucky we are. We forget the beauty and wonder around us. We forget how amazing it is to have people smile and say hello to one another. We forget until it’s gone and then, once gone, we appreciate what we had. Appreciate what you have. Be in gratitude for the gifts and blessings around you. Don’t wait until you are in the desert before you appreciate the date trees.

In Love and Light



  1. Very, very nice, Celina!

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