These are 5 things that I think we routinely take for granted. We used every single one of them every day, but how often do we stop to give thanks for our senses. You’re using your senses to read this post. You used your sense of touch to control the mouse and keyboard and you’re using your eyesight to read these very words. You use your sense of touch to experience a hug from a loved one. You use your sense of sight to see the seasons change, to see the beauty of a piece of art and to watch your children grow and change every day.

You use your sense of smell to discover things that smell wonderful – like coffee – and things that smell awful – like onions. You use your sense of taste to taste the coffee, and your sense of taste (if properly trained) tells you to spit out anything that has an onion flavor to it.

And last, but not least, you hear the most wonderful sounds in the world through the gift of hearing. You hear the sounds of your kids playing nicely together in another room. You hear the most important words in the world from your loved one. You hear sounds in the house that help you be more protective. You hear music and enjoy all the creative gifts of others.

Through these five things we literally experience the world. Without even one of them, our entire existence is diminished. But with them, we can enjoy a life filled with awe and wonder.

What a tremendous gift to be thankful for!