Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The air is crisp, fall colors are vivid, and from the top of a mountain peak you feel as though you can see forever.  Last week I trekked up Bald Mountain in Rangeley, Maine.  It is just a short hike but the little mountain that divides Rangeley Lake and Mooselookmeguntic Lake offers one of the most spectacular views in the State.

As I stood taking in the view from the small fire tower at the summit a young family made their way through the opening from the wooded trail below me.  As they got their first glimpse of the panorama below them the little girl climbed up on a rock and belted out “GOSSSHHH!”

That is what new immigrants say when they land on the shores of our beautiful country …. Gosh!  They see endless beauty, endless wealth, and endless opportunity.  In fact, statistics show that a legal immigrant is four times more likely to become a millionaire than a person born and raised in America and more likely to reach at least some level of financial security.  They see things that we have become accustomed to and now take for granted.

Being in awe of the blessings in our life each and every day grounds us, keeps us upbeat, creates an attitude of optimism, reduces stress, maintains contentment with what we have, and often has us in the right frame of mind to conquer new challenges and explore opportunities.

There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.

         – Albert Einstein

When is the last time you looked around you and thought – “Gossshhh!”  When is the last time you looked at your significant other… and thought, “Gosh, I am lucky to have them?”  When is the last time you felt, “Gosh – I am fortunate to have the friends that I have, the job that I have, the home that I have, to live in the country that I live in?”  When is the last time you slowed down and noticed the sunrise, sunset, the autumn leaves, or a rainbow and thought, “Gosh that is beautiful.”  Every day that we have has meaning and beauty in one way or another.   It is up for us to find and acknowledge what that is.  Zig Ziglar comments, “If you don’t think every day is special, try missing one.”

I think that six year old is on to something – seems like a great lifestyle philosophy ….  Gossshhh!