Life and Its Gifts – Appreciation

Have you ever been presented with a situation and then looked back and wondered why?

Why did this happen, why did they say that? A situation that you later have appreciation for!

Life is continually presenting so much to us. Do we ever truly stop to feel what we are really being shown?

I have had many occasions in my life where something has happened to me and I have gone into the “Why me?” scenario! This has not always been in a ‘good’ way – I have often seen what has come my way as an inconvenience.

However, recently someone shared with me how life presents little packages, and these packages are presented to show you, to reflect to you a part of you or your life. By observing these packages you are able to feel that there is more to life and what happens around you.

For example, some of the packages that I have been presented with have allowed me to feel that there is an area in my life that may need more attention and a change in the way I am – within myself, my life, and with the people around me.

Recently I was presented with an encounter where a person was astounded by how different I looked today compared to the last time they saw me. Knowing I had not long ago had a baby they couldn’t believe that I was naturally carrying no extra baby weight and that I didn’t look tired but was looking great, and even younger.

It was a great confirmation for me to stop and appreciate how far I have come in my life since introducing different choices and making a lot of changes in my life and the way I live it.

As so often happens, at the time I did not really feel what had been said until that night when I got home. If I chose to, in that moment, I could have felt and appreciated how much I had changed and how that change radiates out.

Of course I knew I had changed, but I still had not accepted myself as I am now, or how I now allow myself to be me.

Not long ago I was part of a ‘before and after’ presentation at a Universal Medicine event: I was one of the participants sharing about the way I had changed. I got up on stage to share a few words about where I was at and where I am at now, not realising until I got on stage that I still did not accept and fully appreciate myself or how far I had come.

I realised that it was not just for another to see and feel, but for me also. During my life I have had compliments from others, whether that’s being told how great I looked or how well I was doing with things in my life. Never was I comfortable accepting or appreciating what was said to me, instead choosing to brush them off thinking I was not good enough to accept compliments of any sort. I have always been presented with opportunities to help me to grow, to see the areas of my life that were amazing and the areas that were not so amazing and needing attention. Of course, some I chose to see and some I ran a hundred miles from. This is something I am now more appreciative of and willing to look more and more at. I now see these opportunities as blessings that help me see what needs to be looked at in my life, or simply what needs to be accepted and appreciated.

Have you ever had life present a situation to you where you never bothered to stop and consider that maybe there is more to it than what you have allowed yourself to feel?

With love and appreciation for Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and the Way of The Livingness for all they share and represent. It is through this sharing that I have been able to reconnect to who I truly am. I now accept myself for who I am and how far I have come.

By Nicole Serafin, Tintenbar, NSW, Age 41

675 thoughts on “Life and Its Gifts – Appreciation

  1. Even when ‘the little packages’ are not very pleasant I have found it very rewarding and enhancing to appreciate them for the lessons they bring.

  2. Hi Nicole, thank you for this blog, I have only just come to this understanding that we are presented with packages of life and then it is how we deal with what has been presented that makes a difference to our continues evolution or not. I had forgotten this is how it works, so now I have a far more enquiring understanding and suddenly life has become interesting again. It feels a bit like some games my daughter used to play on her ‘Gameboy’ years ago that when you have been successful in completing one task you go to the next level. I have never been into those sorts of games but willing to have a go this time round.

  3. I just came back ftom a retreat with Serge Benhayon in which we looked deeper in what our purpose is. What is true purpose? Do we have purpose? Or is it missing?

  4. Thank you Nicole, it is so true: acceptance and appreciation is what truly marks our steps made and to go forward.
    The question well presented and asked:
    Have you ever had life present a situation to you where you never bothered to stop and consider that maybe there is more to it than what you have allowed yourself to feel?
    This is a great question what I can feel asks us to dig deeper and see beyond what we thought is possible.

  5. It’s common to make a big kerfuffle about ‘a sign’or a specific day. But how blind are we when we miss the fact that we are offered gifts every moment of every day? There’s not enough wrapping paper in this world to account for that.

  6. If we allow ourselves to stop and see the absolute gems we are offered in life to really look at either what we are still holding on to or what we have actually let go of we would be in constant appreciation. A situation that happened recently in my family left me feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, and not knowing what to do… eventually though I saw I chose to feel this way because of the ties and expectations I was still holding on to and that what rocked me, not the actual situation. It was a beautiful opportunity to let go of so much from my childhood and feel the simplicity in what was needed now.

  7. Developing an openness with appreciation is what confirms the movements of love we are saying ‘yes’ to, aligning to, allowing us to continue deepening this relationship so that we live our love with greater authority.

  8. The science of appreciation and understanding how to apply it has been the greatest gift that was presented to me and now the opportunity I can give to myself in every moment. We are not brought up to understand the bigger meaning or truth that each moment presents. It is taught you are right or wrong or good or bad, but not to actually appreciate the confirmation or what more depth can we go to.

    1. Very true Rik. What a difference it would be if we were all supported as children to understand the truth that we innately know rather than right and wrong. For who decides what is right or wrong anyway?

  9. The Before and Afters are particularly beautiful as we do get the opportunity to feel how much we have changed because if what we have said yes to. There is also appreciating what we have been given, which is no different that anyone else.

  10. “However, recently someone shared with me how life presents little packages, and these packages are presented to show you, to reflect to you a part of you or your life.” It is beautiful to be able to respond to this packages without reaction and take them on board with open arms so we can grow and expand.

  11. Thank you Nicole, I agree about the packages, something challenging can happen in life and we can react, or we can feel our way through and bring forth something from within ourselves we may not have otherwise. We can grow and expand. I hadn’t really considered the “good” packages as much, so this has opened up something for me, thank you.

  12. I can appreciate when someone else comments about how I am or look, I can let that in whereas not so long ago I would have brushed off a compliment.

    1. The “brushing off” is so common, I still find I do this but appreciate that in those moments I’m aware of this automatic reaction. It’s a bit like apologising, or giving power to a unreachable ideal meaning a compliment can’t be accepted because we see ourselves as still not good enough.

      1. It is crazy isn’t it that we have normalised ‘brush off’ and ‘playing down’ claiming and appreciating our amazingness, being the love we are, being the reflection of God, simply being who we are. Time to change all that and bring into our lives a new and truer normal, we are great, grand even and being amazing is a given.

    2. There is a responsibility that goes with celebrating a compliment from another as it is a confirming moment for both as we are acknowledging what is offered to one another with the deepest levels of respect and decency.

  13. The most challenging times are the most appreciative times as we often realise how we can berate ourselves over the mistakes or appreciate the understanding and lessons we have had that allow us to read situations more clearly and discern what real supports all.

  14. ” I now accept myself for who I am and how far I have come. ”
    This is so wonderful for self appreciation can be one of the most tragic, of stumbling blocks in a persons life; thank you for sharing.

  15. Although I have gone through experiences and appreciated the learning from them, I can feel there is a greater depth of appreciation I can choose to surrender to, and that it is a process of forever accepting and deepening our inner connection to live and express from the truth of who we are in our essence.

  16. Human life we have dumbed it down so much that we think that things just happen, but this isn’t how it is, nothing just happens and everything has a purpose. Every encounter with another and every illness is to offer us something. The Universe is not a dumb bunch of stars and galaxies, but a stupendous intelligence that is constantly communicating with us. In our dumbed down state we assume it is also dumb!

  17. The amazing thing about life is when we are open to see what each moment has to offer, we make ourselves available to be an active participant of evolution and life starts to feel incredibly rich and magical.

  18. I used to see myself as a victim when things didn’t turn out well, I now see things in a completely different way and see it as an opportunity to learn and grow – what a game changer. Great to start this conversation Nicole and invite others to feel the wisdom and truth on offer here.

    1. Yes it seems we often need reminding to appreciate. It’s like we are so used to not being appreciative of ourselves that we are blind to our progress.

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