Dear App Users,

A minute and twelve seconds had seemed like an eternity.

A couple of weeks ago, I went swimming with some of my children. As we stood in the water, a little over waist-deep, we decided to see how long we could hold our breath. Luckily for us there was a clock on the wall next to us.

Stephanie went first. I was impressed at how long she had stayed under water. But being the competitive person that I am, I was determined to hold my breath much longer than she had held hers. I took in a deep, deep breath. I even puffed out my cheeks, thinking that I could hold more air that way. After a while, I decided that I could swallow the air in my cheeks and last even longer under the water. It seemed to work.

But eventually I felt the urge for air. Stubborn in my desires to last as long as possible, I continued to stay under water until it felt as if I would die if I didn’t have air that very second. I exploded out of the water – gasping for the thing that only minutes earlier I had taken for granted. But had I really recognized the importance of air? I was grateful for it, sure, the moment I bolted out of the water.

But soon it’s value faded. That’s because I had the ability to come up for air whenever I wanted.

I think of people I know who sleep with oxygen machines and others who go about their daily activities rolling a small oxygen machine with them wherever they go. They appreciate air much more than I do, I’m sure.

What is it that we take for granted? Is it our health or our relationships with nature, God and His individual plan for us? Is it our wealth or our relationships with friends, family and society in general? Is it our emotional or mental stability? Is it technology?

Speaking of technology, did you notice what Facebook did this month? They added a new way to react to a post. It was just in time for Mother’s Day, and I don’t know how long it will last, but hopefully we all thought about what and who we are thankful for a little more than we usually do. Let’s be grateful!

Don’t we remember how we communicated with each other – such a relatively short time ago? Thirty years ago I made an $80 phone call on Christmas Day from Chile, South America to my parent’s home in the state of Utah, USA. Last night I made a video call through Whatsapp from Utah to my daughter in Argentina, South America for free!

Perhaps we should make gratitude a daily part of our lives – not something we gloss over on our way to more turkey and mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving Day. Let’s give credit where credit is due – to our creator every day of every month.

May all you powerful, lovable people have a wonderful, gratitude-filled month,

Aaron, Alka, Marvin, and Mac

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