you bless us with dragonflies —
their very name evoking happy
summer days, water and reeds, the
heat of high noon, deep-blue skies,
and a stillness so vast that I can
hear the glassy clinking of their
wings as they flit by. They have
been celebrating life like this for a
hundred million years. May I watch
with respect these old-timers,
learning from them as I stretch
lazily on the sun-warm deck.

Sense how it feels to honor the ancient, delicate and playful dance of dragonflies. When we allow ourselves to shimmer, celebrate and play, we cultivate resilience and joy.

“May this patchwork quilt of blessings help to sharpen your taste for the gift of life in its innumerable facets,” Br. David writes. “May you grow ever more blessed, ever more able to bless.”

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Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB

Br. David Steindl-Rast, OSB

About the author

Brother David Steindl-Rast — author, scholar, and Benedictine monk — is beloved the world over for his enduring message about gratefulness as the true source of lasting happiness. Known to many as the “grandfather of gratitude,” Br. David has been a source of inspiration and spiritual friendship to countless leaders and luminaries around the world including Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, and more. He has been one of the most important figures in the modern interfaith dialogue movement, and has taught with thought-leaders such as Eckhart Tolle, Jack Kornfield, and Roshi Joan Halifax. His wisdom has been featured in recent interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Krista Tippett, and Tami Simon and his TED talk has been viewed almost 10,000,000 times. Learn more about Br. David here.