We appreciate life more when there is strife.
~ Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko
<Re-post of Contrast from AKissOfBliss.wordpress.com Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko wrote on September 12, 2012 with permission>
Extreme weather patterns in the past ten years have rendered many with unforeseen challenges. It is during these times we appreciate more what we did not lose, such as loss of the lives of loved ones. Oh, the joy, when we can use the water again and enjoy the restored electricity and telecommunications. Some people may have to restore or even rebuild their homes; but, once they have survived that hurdle, they can enjoy their new surroundings and be grateful that it was only their house they lost.
It is that contrast that brings out awareness and gratitude. When we are sick, we appreciate our health. When we are cold, we appreciate warmth. When we are without, we appreciate what we have or had.
As we grow older, we appreciate our youth when we gaze longingly upon photographs from ten, twenty or more years ago. We appreciate our wisdom when we no longer fall for the latest scam that we may have succumbed to when we were young and naïve. We appreciate the freshness and openness of the countryside after being in crowded and stale city. We appreciate all the opportunities, infrastructure, conveniences and beauty that we have in the United States after traveling to other countries for any extended period of time. I am certain you can come up with many more comparisons.
I believe that if we can express gratitude and honor both ends of the spectrum in life, then we will find peace, fulfillment and joy in our hearts. Without darkness there would be no contrast to the light in our lives. Appreciate both the light and dark moments in your life and you will discover a peace in your heart. For what do you have to be grateful at this very moment?