Gratitude is like a savings account. Fill it up a little every paycheck and when you need a major withdrawal, you’ll have the resources.

For me the paycheck comes is every time I have something to appreciate. Today it’s the gorgeous weather here in Deerfield, Mass, on my way to into the mountains of New Hampshire.

And my “deposit” is taking the time to let the experience soak in. I pause. I use my senses. I notice the blooming flowers, the dramatically contrasting colors in each blossom. I feel the cool wind on my cheeks and the warm sun on my arms. I appreciate for just a few seconds the experience of being here.

Everything is transient. Good experiences come and go. When life next hands me a hard time, I will have some of these inner resources to draw on.

What might you take some time to appreciate this week?


“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
– Albert Schweitzer