Nella Coiro

Appreciating Our Intangibles

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye… The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” 
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


I think that you’ve probably heard the phrase, “Is your glass half full or half empty?”

When you look at your life, do you pay more attention to the gains or the losses?

On the 4th Thursday in November, in the USA, we are reminded to focus on what we are thankful for. However, this message is often obscured because we are busy and distracted during this time of the year. 

So, for a few moments, let’s move our attention away from our cumbersome to-do list, and bring it back to where it belongs – Giving thanks… Being grateful…

Too often, we think about what we lack and what we would like to have. These are usually material possessions. On Thanksgiving, however, we are reminded that we should be grateful for the blessings in our lives. If we look into our hearts, our greatest blessings are usually the intangibles, and their value cannot be measured in dollars and cents. 

Every day, we are presented with valuable intangibles that escape our attention. These are the blessings that we can’t physically touch, but those that can be felt with our senses and our hearts… a kind word, a smile, a sympathetic ear, the kindness of a stranger holding a door for us, a hug from someone we love, or simply recalling a heartwarming memory. 

Every morning, my two hounds greet me with the abundant love and enthusiasm of a long lost friend  – tails wagging, as they dance around me! They’re so darn happy to see me! You can put a price on that!

If I look at the half empty part of my glass, my focus would primarily be on health issues that resulted in some major lifestyle changes. However – and this is important: I’m still standing… and have become a stronger woman, both because of, and in spite of, these challenging changes. I do believe that everything happens for a reason, even if the reasons currently escape us. 

If I look at the part of my glass that is half full, I am abundantly grateful for all of the blessings I’ve received this year. Although each day has more challenges now, when I open my eyes in the morning, I am grateful for a new day, with new possibilities, learning lessons, choices, and the opportunity to grow as a person, and do my part in making a difference, even if only in a small way.

There is always something to be grateful for, especially the intangible blessings, because these give us a daily dose of inspiration and joy. So, let’s keep our focus on our intangibles.

Oh, and by the way, have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving! And remember to keep your heart open to your daily dose of tangibles too.❤️

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