You think this is just another day in your life?
It’s not just another day!

It’s the one day that was given to you…
… today!

It’s a gift!
It’s the only gift that you have;
right now!

And the only appropriate response
is gratefulness.

If you learn to respond as if it were
the first day in your life
and the very last day,
then you will have spent this day very well!

Begin by opening your eyes
and be surprised
that you have eyes you can open!

That incredible array of colors
that is constantly offered to us…
for pure enjoyment!

Look at the sky!
Really look at the sky; note how
different it is from moment to moment
with clouds coming and going…
Open your eyes! Look at that!

Look at the faces of people you meet!
Each one has an incredible story behind their face.
Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors.
All that life from generations
and from so many persons around the world,
flows together and meets you here…
Like life-giving water,
if you only open your heart and drink…

Open your heart to that incredible gifts
that civilization gives to us!

You flip the switch
and there is electric light!

Turn the faucet
and there’s warm water
and cold water…
and drinkable water!
A gift that
millions and millions in the world
will never experience…

And so I wish you

that you will open your heart
to all these blessings
and let them flow through you;

that everyone whom you will meet on this day
will be blessed by you…

Just by your presence…

Let the gratefulness
only flow into blessing
all around you…

it will really be
a good day!

A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast