When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.

G.K Chesterton

Be grateful every day for the life you have. Each and every one of us is unique – never to come again. Your face, your voice, your heart and soul are one-of-a-kind. And you, are extraordinary. Think of the long chain of ancestors that met in so many unusual circumstances. Through miraculous, interconnected chains of events we all are here on this good Earth – today. Where I am right now the sun is shining, the blue sky is filled with cloud-puffs drifting and birdsong. Sitting in front of this screen, I am brimming with gratitude.

Since I was a little boy, I could feel the sacred energy gathering on my fingertips. To this day, I roll my thumbs and index fingers together to concentrate the dynamism until i feel an eternal essence dancing across my hands. I cannot remember a time when I did not create in this way. The divine design for us all is to interact with and appreciate our wondrous place in the universe. Stardust makes up your flesh and bones and saltwater runs through your veins. Our minds exist outside time and space. Our souls are eternal. All these things have always been true.

This present moment, sweeps along endlessly. But history provides a foundation from which to ponder our physical mortality. From this chronicle of memories we cast our thoughts ahead upon the sea of potential futures as our ancestors once did. Being here/now, greet this day with gratefulness for your spiritual inheritance. Tonight when you close your eyes to sleep, give thanks for all this day has brought you, and for all the promise of tomorrow.

Do your best to live your life looking forward to the days you have. Do not keep glancing behind you. There is nothing you can change there. The past is fossilized time. Let your heart shine with transcendent grace. Be grateful for all that has been and all that will be.

Thank you for reading. I am going to be changing over to a new design for the next posts.

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Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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