Danielle

I just found gratefulness.org after listening to Br. David on a podcast and have just begun this 8-day practice. I went out for a run today with this intention in mind: nothing is promised you. I thought about three people in my life who were taken from this world unexpectedly – my Poppy, who died suddenly while waiting to play golf, something he loved, with my dad and my husband, two people he loved; my friend’s brother Victor, who died while out on a run, something he loved doing; and m...

I just found gratefulness.org after listening to Br. David on a podcast and have just begun this 8-day practice. I went out for a run today with this intention in mind: nothing is promised you. I thought about three people in my life who were taken from this world unexpectedly – my Poppy, who died suddenly while waiting to play golf, something he loved, with my dad and my husband, two people he loved; my friend’s brother Victor, who died while out on a run, something he loved doing; and my old friend Bryan, who passed away tending his garden, something that nourished his spirit. Each of them anticipated continuing to do what they loved and were nourished by, with the people they loved surrounding them, but it was otherwise. Thinking of all of them today reminded me of how much I loved them, but also of how much they lived, truly lived, doing things they loved, right up to an end that they didn’t know was coming. I saw things on this run this morning that I usually take for granted – the yellow forsythia blooming, the daffodils coming up, the clouds in the blue sky – and I appreciated them even more knowing that in the next moment, on the next run, they will never be the same, and I was grateful for the moment I was experiencing.

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