One of the pluses of getting older is that I have more experience getting through adversity in one piece. So there is strength for me in that knowledge.
Getting exposure to bright light as early as possible. As it’s dark outside am using a light box.
All of them really. It’s a life’s work. It’s a wonderful question because every feeling I have needs the space to be accepted and let be there. I spent a chunk of my life numbing feelings so it was a long process to allow them in to say hello and be properly introduced.
That is surely the bridge to empathy and from that comes better communication, compassion, kindness, love, help. Basically what the world needs.
Perspective for sure. It changes. But I’d rather see this as an and not an or. I’d prefer to be a big enough container to hold many emotions. They all have their usefulness. I would have pushed fear away in the past. It only comes back stronger. I still do it but I can let it be there now, along with love and whatever else chooses to come visit.
I usually look for reasons to thank so there is a prompt. And there are plenty of people to thank.
There are so many, centred around kindness, compassion and altruism. Any attempt by me to put this into a message would be poor at best.
When something triggers me to here and now. That could be deliberate eg meditation or just awareness. Or it could be an appreciation of something mundane or awesome or that the mundane is in fact awesome.
Because in the face of adversity moments can be small victories and gratefulness just takes that to happen, a moment.
I got up. I’m standing. It’s functioning.
Be. Connect. Do some good. Enjoy what can be enjoyed.
The world needs some peace, social justice and a less damaged climate.
Let me focus on the “stuff” part of this question. It’s been gnawing at me to tackle: the stuff I neither need nor want; the stuff I might someday need and am holding it just in case; the stuff that has some sentimental attachment that I can decouple from the sentiment and send on its way. Yup this has been gnawing away.
What is this moment offering? Let me grab a hold of it and see. Mmm, grabbing it is the thing I could do less of. Because grabbing at it takes me out of it. So it’s offering is to do absolutely nothing right at this moment.
The pandemic to end
Going for a slow walk with a senior dog. It could either be frustrating or could be taking the opportunity the slowness affords in order to see the beautiful detail of the day. That’s my choice.
The idealist in me is saying “just do”. Don’t be thinking about whether it gives or has given kudos. The honest voice echoing somewhere within accepts that that thought is often there when I do a good act ie wondering whether I will get credit somewhere for the good action.
So good question for flushing this out into consciousness.
To be present. And to appreciate its flip side; company.
Thanks Nicki. This resonates with me, touches on how it is for me. I’m glad to see how you describe it.
Yes, Kevin. Its interesting when we get out of the way, great things can happen.
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