“If the stars should appear but one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
Emerson is sharing his perception of a very basic human trait- man’s ability to take things for granted. I have to admit, I felt a little twinge of guilt as I read this quote. I have been too busy complaining about the short days and haven’t once taken advantage of the darkness to look up and thank God that I am alive to see the stars. Unfortunately, we can become so accustomed to our blessings that we can lose our sense of gratitude. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
After reading this quote by Emerson, I felt inspired to go out and look at the stars. “Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beauty of these stars,” I repeated in my head. And I couldn’t help but smile. I felt connected, I felt grateful, and I felt happy. All these positive emotions just from star-gazing.
This week we celebrated Thanksgiving- a holiday devoted to expressing gratitude. Just as we made the decision last week to be thankful for our amazing family, friends, freedom and gifts, we can choose to be thankful today and every day for the beautiful “stars” in our life.