My being is a gift.
The impermanence of our shared moments.
And now, a heart opening and gratitude to take forward.
The moments that fill me with wonder are a surprise, They touch my heart.
As I sit with the questions of late they seem to reveal layer upon layer that I have not seen. Sometimes it is daunting and overwhelming. (Just like the world that shouldn’t be but is).
Then, I hear Br. David saying today is a gift; everything is a gift, today. I choose to accept this in my heart right now, and I move into my day..
Good question because it started me down my familiar path of trying to grasp some kind of control by thinking/planning/doing/stewing, dwelling/worrying/shutting-down, etc. Going off into never, never land, again.
OMG! (as the kids say). I have a new tactic. It is to stay here, and here, and here and be surprised by the ordinary. I have experience now, and it gives me more than strength – gratitude.
Again, thank you for the question.
Reflecting on the hardest times in my life I can’t come up with any strengths of character I have earned.
During those times I just kept breathing, and hoping, and sometimes put one foot in front of the other.
As I sat with the question this morning I realized that the breathing was a gift that allowed/allows this life to continue under any circumstance.
It seems like the world lives with a mindset of:
How the world should be, but isn’t, or
How the world is, but shouldn’t be.
This has been my mindset for most of my life, too: I should be/or shouldn’t be.
So, again, Popeye, “ Where’s the entrance to the exit?”
Its a new world for me.
What can I let go of? Trying to BE more, better, different!
After previous posting, this thought came to me: “I yam what I yam, and that’s all I yam” – Popeye (This made me smile.)
Later, Carol recommended watching videos of babies laughing.
I have now enjoyed my morning, immensely.
I am grateful for BOOKS. They have been/are my road guide.
I don’t know what’s in their hearts and minds. I know that I want to stay curious, appreciative and having experiences of pure gratitude.
This past winter, thousands upon thousands all across Canada came out to support truckers because they cared and wanted to help.
Shortly after I joined Gratefulness.org I started to partake in the ritual of The Angels of the Hour each day. Starting when I wake up during the night, then at sunrise, and the end of the day. I am gradually adding those other hours mentioned during the day.
Word of the Day and the Daily Question have also become daily practices.
The rituals have added a quality and richness that I never found in just intellectual searching.
I want to add that I am retired, live alone, and am 78 yrs, so I have the luxury of time. Also, I was drawn to the rituals which rather surprised me. But, then, much of my way of being over the past couple of years has surprised me.
Thank you. This resonates.
Barb this is what I meant by moments of surprise touch my heart. I followed your link (why); this where I go when I am strangely pulled.
This poem, and this site, I feel so much emotion. Talk about gratitude; thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your thoughts this morning.
( This is why I love Gratefulness.org., treasure upon treasure).
Charlie, I appreciated your thoughts this morning.
Thank you, Hermann-Josef. I could not answer the question today; I tried and tried. Your response lifted the veil. Gratitude shone through.
Carol, this is very meaningful to me. Thank you.
Thank you, Sparrow, I do feel welcomed here.
Sparrow, you remind me of the words to the song by Michael Bublé. -Feeling Good.
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