“Moments of pause are especially powerful when combined with gratitude and feelings of love. I had a medical school professor who struggled with the demands of being a mother, doctor, teacher, researcher, and administrator. Finding time to meditate or go on a retreat was a near impossibility for her, but whenever she washed her hands before seeing a patient, she would let the warm water run over her hands for a few extra seconds and think of something she was grateful for—the opportunity to be a part of the patient’s healing, the health of her family, the joy of teaching a student earlier that morning. She was one of the first people to teach me that the power of gratitude can be delivered in the smallest of moments . . . and those moments have the power”
— Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek H Murthy M.D.
My challenge today is find the small moments. Celebrate them and be grateful.
I had a couple of gratitude moments yesterday. I took time to pause and relish in the joy and gratitude. First, I had lunch with my entire family. Because we live in three different states, a brief lunch is so incredibly special. Second, I had dinner with some close friends. We shared old and new stories. I’m so grateful for the power of human connection.