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I heard an artist speak at the opening reception of his display at a local gallery last weekend. His son was in one of the paintings. He told us that this son had not spoken to him in 3 yrs. I’m so grateful that my problems are all so much smaller than that!
Recently, I was invited into a group chat with over twenty people I had not had contact with for almost twenty years. The purpose of the group was to reconnect with each other and share the news that one of the folks, who we had all known way back when, has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Seeing their names, and reconnecting with these people, I reflected on my own development over the past twenty years. Have I developed as much as I could have? I have no doubt my adult life has been shaped by those early years, interacting with the people I was now connecting with again. I sometimes wonder what my emotional intelligence would have been if I hadn’t been exposed to this group of people and the zen-like teachings we would share and discuss into the late hours when internet communities were in their infancy.
We did not always agree. Out of the twenty-something people in that group, I had a strong fondness for maybe only five of them.
But all these people helped shaped me, so thank you.
during our morning walks, we always pause at a yard that has different artistic touches about, varies with the seasons. this morning the owner came out and I told him how much we love their garden and how we look for the creative touches that are so charming.
he said that he and his wife have a fairy garden, this filled me with delight.
stardust is in the air
Suffering and grief
paved the way to gratitude . . .
I don’t believe I really knew what gratitude really was.
Perhaps the realization that there is a voice (close to the surface) that is not grounded in Truth. I call it Craig. I have learned not to listen to Craig. There is however a much more profound knowing that is definitely Truth, but to commune with it requires stillness and silence.
Dear Don – God talked with my son when he was quite young. My son wrote a piece about how to know God, but he later said it came from “The Imposter.” Maybe that’s your Craig. Warm wishes for your communications with Truth.
Having Covid. I got a chance to get some rest and because I didn’t have a light case, I survived and now appreciate all the tiny things I missed when I was well like walking slowly, breathing, and resting with no purpose other than to rest. I have recommitted to setting firmer boundaries and can see how I was doing way too much before Covid. It’s been like a soul reset in a lot of ways.
‘soul reset’ – love that:)
Yes ma’am! 🙂 xo
Thank you, Jenn – I tend to get irritated and frustrated with myself when I have only enough energy to walk slowly. I appreciate your positive reaction to a similar situation. You’re setting a good example for me 🙂
Right? I hear you on that! xo
Thanks, Jenn 🙂
My family. My wife in particular; she found a discarded bike, fixed it herself, and this week for the first time we were all able to go on family bike rides (wife, seven year old daughter, four year old son, and myself). Joy seems to be a companion of gratitude and from the joy experienced, viewed, or shared, I was (and am) most grateful.
Big investments by the legislature in the area I lead for a state agency (active transportation) that explicitly named our plan as one of the things that will guide those dollars to where they can do the most good. I led a tiny team in creating this plan, which is ambitious and far-reaching, without any idea that it would get this level of funding this quickly; I hoped only that it would make an incremental difference over time.
I’m working in an area of public policy that I couldn’t have predicted would become my calling. Knowing that everything I’ve done along the way feeds into what I do now, and now getting funding to make a real difference, overwhelms me with gratitude for being on this path at a time when my work is part of tackling so many huge issues, from climate change to mobility justice and transportation equity to public health.
Congrats Barb! That’s so wonderful! 🙂
Being told of a friends cancer diagnosis or of a friends death, has reminded me to stop hesitating and to enjoy this
life as much as I can and to be grateful for every day that I get to be here.
I always feel gratitude when I receive an unexpected gift card or other gift from someone at times like graduation or birthdays.
When others do things for me that are unexpected. I truly realize how much I mean to them and I feel grateful for them being in my life
Quite a few lately! A friend came over to help me garden on Saturday, and another bunch of friends are coming over this Saturday to help as well. Then we are having a nice lunch, more like a party!
AND a women who has energy and strength came over yesterday to take almost all of my Russian Sage and make it hers in her garden. She doesn’t have alot of extra money, as she is a young mom, so I also gave her some pepper plants and tomato plants. She was grateful, and I am very grateful for her being able to dig out all that Russian Sage!
I am a dabbler, an experimenter, a gardener! But I am now old and do not have the physical strength to do many of the tasks I need done. I am so very grateful for all these people in my life….I am so fortunate… A few weeks ago none of this was in my life, and I had no idea how these things would get done, and it is such a GIFT!
Wow, Mary Pat – that IS good news – thanks for sharing 🙂
I felt blessed by having the good fortune of being the recipient of the kindness, understanding, generosity, and compassionate approach that a government department worker extended to her clients. She was always one step ahead, and able to guide me through challenging situations and the processes. She was always on my side. As I reflect– when I am the benefactor of someone’s skills and knowledge that seem to emanate from their intention to enable the well being of others I live in a safer kinder world. This is not the norm for that government department. The question arises: why is this not the norm, why is this the exception. It is disturbing to know that it was all up to good fortune. Hmm– it is also good fortune that I had a good role model for how one person’s beliefs and values and intentions can have a beneficial effect on building a safer kinder world one person at a time.
Dear Carol – I read about some well known person who seemed to adjust her personality to fit the expectation of the person she was interacting with. Maybe you bring positive expectations to to your gov worker. 🙂 I need to try not to bring my negativity to some of my interactions! 🙁
Unexpected loss creates time to stop, be silent and reflect on my true gratitude for all that I am and all that I have.
The unexpected kindnesses of so many people throughout my long life have brought me deep gratitude. A primary physician who called beyond the local practice and health system to a colleague to get me in with a brilliant doctor who thinks outside the box, and saved my life 10 years ago … gratitude! A sudden opportunity to move to my new home town, where I have wanted to live for years … gratitude! The sweetest thank you note from my granddaughter following her college graduation recently … gratitude!
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