If the stars are out there in the daylight, and we don’t see them, what else don’t we see?
Perhaps we need the contrast, the foil, the opposite to see what is hidden.
It really is a gift to appreciate what we have, and not take it for granted. There is a saying, that some dream of what we see as everyday normal, common place. I’m not saying this is bad, or that we are decadent.
Rather, it’s the difference between seeing objects and seeing essence. Being thankful for a spoon is just as important as being thankful for a smartphone.
It’s kind of like thanking all our ancestors, all that have gone before us, for bringing these things into the world.
Occasionally, on my walk, I say “Thank you” to everything I gaze upon: thank you mailbox; thank you tree; thank you grass; thank you clouds; thank you bird.
It is interesting to see how many things you can thank. You call them out of their hiding.
Science has shown that appreciation causes you to live longer. The telomeres at the end of DNA strands do not shorten when a cell divides, when you are appreciative. The ends of the DNA do not fray apart.
This counters the Hayflick Effect which was thought to limit how many times a cell (and its DNA) could divide.
So thank something or someone today, and live a little longer.