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  1. M
    Mike

    The gifts of the day for me are usually the busy moments themselves. To meet their demands, I have to push beyond myself for a while and and let the interior air out a bit.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    My morning practice helps, meditation etc. The more centred I am the more chance I will slow down enough to notice. Visiting this community is part of that morning practice and helps orient me. 

    2 years ago
  3. EuphoricOcean

    While studying for a difficult graduate program is not easy, I can remind myself that I am doing this to achieve my lifelong dreams, everything I am learning is relevant to my professional life, and I can be grateful that I am in this program in the first place and succeeding!

    2 years ago
  4. O.Christina

    As this day was a very special day, full of surprises and very kind and loving encounters with dear friends, while having needed to find back to inner peace after deep turmoil and a process of integrating hurt and some own distorted inner perspective, which was very much supported by the way the day did unfold, I will gratefully remember this special day with the image of a dove carrying an olive branch, the symbol of bringing back love and peace to all. Thank you, life, for this beautiful day.

    2 years ago
  5. Hot Sauce

    Even as I busily work on my schoolwork for these last couple weeks, I can remember the gifts of this day by remembering the fact that I am alive and have a brain that is functioning and developing through it all. That is a very profound reality when I think of it. Electrical signals and neurons and influencing and being influenced by my conscious decisions, thoughts, and experiences! That’s incredible!

    2 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    Slow down – being busy is a warning sign that it is time to slow and breathe, and reconnect.

    2 years ago
  7. L
    Lauryn

    I keep a daily journal on my phone. I try to check in with myself every hour – how am I feeling? What’s going on at this particular moment that’s worth noting? What thoughts are popping in to my mind? I’m not perfect about doing this all the time, but the point was to help me focus more on the positive things in life- to slow down- to increase self awareness- and to remember the gifts of the day.

    2 years ago
  8. Butterfly

    When I am busy it’s because I’m having a good day and CAN be busy so I am so grateful when I have those days 😊

    2 years ago
  9. SK

    No matter what- sit down, settle down, settle for nothing less, be quiet and breathe. each day has its’ own value, tempo, purpose- not that we will always understand it but there it is. No matter where you go, there you are; be where you are and live the minute by minute.

    2 years ago
  10. Carol

    I wrote this in my journal on September 4, 2017. I share it with you as it reflects my thoughts concerning today’s question. Today is the gift be it busy or downright boring!

    Entry in Journal Sept. 4 2017
    I often quote Fr. Richard Rohr and my brother-in-law recently finished Rohr’s two year program titled “The Living School.” Rohr gave a very brief keynote address at what is called the “Sending Ceremony” for those graduating from the program this year and interestingly he chose to read Mary Oliver’s poem, “When Death Comes.” Basically, encouraging those who were being sent into the world to be sure they live before they die.

    As I re- read Mary Oliver’s poem this morning, I thought: Life’s is like a poker game. And, I ask myself, How am I playing the hand I was dealt?

    Am I willing to risk? Risk is not the same as chance. It’s not a matter of getting lucky. It’s more about letting go, being open to what is, working with it and most likely redefining my definitions of success and failure. I won’t win every hand but will I win the game? And how does Oliver think we win the game of life?

    She addresses the importance of awareness, of being amazed by the ordinary. She’s dedicated to being married to amazement; to taking the world, the light and the dark, into her arms and experiencing it fully.

    She toys with the concept of eternity being a possibility but knows that to truly be alive, she must not cling to the future. She realizes that this is it and the key to being alive is learning how to Let It Be.

    Resistance, fear and argument, will not delay the reality that her sojourn as the poet Mary Oliver will end. I think she is telling us that the best way to be ready for that day, that ultimate letting go, is to live life fully and willingly by learning to let go in the NOW.

    When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

    When death comes
    like the hungry bear in autumn;
    when death comes and takes all the bright
    coins from his purse

    to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
    when death comes
    like the measle-pox

    when death comes
    like the iceberg between the shoulder
    blades

    I want to step through the door full of
    curiosity, wondering:
    what is it going to be like, that cottage of
    darkness?

    and therefore I look upon everything
    as a brotherhood and a sisterhood
    and I look upon time as no more than an idea
    and I consider eternity as another possibility

    and I think of each life as a flower as
    common as a field daisy, and as singular,

    and each name a comfortable music in the
    mouth, tending, as all music does, towards silence

    and each body a lion of courage and
    something precious to the earth

    When it’s over, I want to say all my life
    I was a bride married to amazement.
    I was the bridegroom taking the world into my arms.

    When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    if I have made of my life
    something particular, and real.

    I don’t want to find myself sighing and
    frightened,
    or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this
    world.

    — Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

    2 years ago
    1. Toni

      Thank you for taking the time to share this with all of us. Did you also do the program? If so, I’m sure it was amazing. I almost made it out to a retreat in the late 90’s but got snowed in.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Toni, I have not done the “Living School” program but I’ve been to the CAC in ABQ and worked their briefly about 16 years ago. They had not yet transferred to such a large on-line presence and Rohr did not established the “Living School” until several years later. He was still on the road a lot in those days.

        2 years ago
    2. Toni

      I am grateful that I got up with my cat at 4 am did centering prayer after qi gong and went back to sleep till noon. If I do anything else this day I can also be grateful for that. I don’t know what this day will bring but I can be grateful to be a part of it. That is a choice. Each moment is a choice busy or not to be grateful. I’m dealing with this moment right now that’s enough. To be here writing knowing there are people who are on this journey and I am not alone is what I am most grateful for right now.

      2 years ago
    3. Pollyanna Gladwell

      Thank you for sharing your journal and reminding me of this poem, Carol. Your whole contribution today has been saved in the appropriate place on my computer – Treasured Words. Blessings.🙏

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        Pollyanna, It is a powerful poem.

        2 years ago
    4. Y
      Yram

      Thank you so much for sharing that poem. Yes, I don’t want to congeal! Married to AMAZEMENT. That in itself is an amazing image.

      2 years ago
      1. Carol

        You are most welcome

        2 years ago
  11. DeVonna

    Each and every moment is a gift because I am alive. Multiple losses this year have made me even more aware of how precious life is. I’m grateful that I am well, strong and healthy. I am blessed.

    2 years ago
  12. GratefulOne

    The best way that works for me is and that I learned from this incredible site is:
    STOP Take a breath
    LOOK At the opportunities and blessings in my life
    GO Towards the opportunities of LIGHT

    2 years ago
  13. Roy Howard

    When I walked the Camino de Santiago I wrote a chant/prayer for this purpose that I recited frequently during the day. I still do. “I will receive this day with gratitude and an open heart.”

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      Quite a milestone and accomplishment, walking the Camino, Roy. Congratulations on that! And thank you for sharing your chant/prayer. These words can walk with us wherever we go.

      2 years ago
      1. Roy Howard

        Thank you. Glad you can use the chant.

        2 years ago
  14. Patricia

    I have a Fitbit that reminds me every hour after waking to move at least 250 steps if I haven’t already. Maybe I need a “Thankbit” so that I get a little vibration on my wrist to remind me to be intentionally grateful and aware. 🙂 But maybe it’s enough to sit after the busiest moments and just say, Thanks for giving me purpose for my life energies….

    2 years ago
  15. C
    Clare

    I’m in the midst of flipping an old house and it can feel overwhelming and frustrating and itchy, old insulation is a nightmare 🙂 But in each room I picture what a beautiful new beginning it will be for a new family. The grass I planted is just sprouting and I can see future children playing out there. My toil is going to be a new start for someone I’ll never know and myself as I look move forward with my own new start.

    2 years ago
    1. Pollyanna Gladwell

      How fortunate the new residents will be to move into a house renovated with such love, care, and thoughtfulness, Clare. May your own new start be overflowing with such attributes. Blessings.

      2 years ago
  16. Michele

    By remembering to be fully present I can enjoy today. I’m looking forward to a beautiful, relaxing day. Going out in nature:)

    2 years ago
  17. Howie Geib

    The practice of constant prayer is that very thing. In my tradition work is a means of accessing my connection to prayer. Any repetition or pattern can support a mantra. And giving thanks upon a completion, for effort is mine yet the results are ours. And long ago I began to value interruption as divine, making frustration something to laugh at myself about.

    2 years ago
    1. Pollyanna Gladwell

      How beautiful! “For effort is mine yet the results are ours” is going to be my mantra now. Thank you Howie🙏

      2 years ago
  18. Katrina

    Being mindful and present, regardless of business, is the key to to gratitude. Many times easier said than done, but a joy when remembered.

    2 years ago
  19. devy

    When I feel busy or overwhelmed with what is going on I can pull myself away to my secluded place either at home or outside in nature. Here I can close my eyes, ground myself with my breathe, feeling the energy moving from me, focus on the now. If outside, I can keep my eyes open instead of closed and focus on my breathe and what beauty surrounds me. By doing these things as well as counting my blessings I will feel more calm and relaxed ready to deal with what confronts me.

    2 years ago
  20. Antoinette

    How might I remember the gifts of this day when the moment is not busy? How might I understand the energy of craving and desire when moments seem endless and I feel alone ? I have read that being constantly busy is a form of laziness.
    Is this true? Maybe it is because I feel the need to keep busy so I don’t have to face some of my inner most fears.
    The gift of this moment is to not be afraid to face fear of stopping or frantically looking for something to fill up time with.
    How do I do this ?

    2 years ago
    1. Butterfly

      Antoinette, I can relate to your experience. I have a chronic illness that requires me to pace myself and have times of complete rest but I find my mind constantly coming up with things to do, anything rather than rest! I see it as a form of anxiety. Some days I just can not stop DOING and, Boy, do I pay for it! Learning to BE and rest in the moment is an ongoing lesson for me.

      2 years ago
    2. Carol

      Pwerful words, Antonette and very helpful to me. Thank you.

      2 years ago
    3. GratefulOne

      “Being constantly busy is a form of laziness” Interesting. Something to ponder

      2 years ago
    4. Katrina

      Insightful.

      2 years ago
  21. EJP

    In the midst of my busiest moments today, I will STOP what I’m doing, LOOK around at all of my blessings and gifts and then GO about my busy day with sincere gratitude for all that I have been given.

    2 years ago
  22. sunnypatti48317

    Each moment is a gift, so I welcome them all with gratitude and appreciation, no matter the form they arrive in!

    2 years ago
  23. Kevin

    The busiest moments are among the gifts of this day.

    2 years ago

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