Thank you. Sometimes, in the midst of it all (pandemic, destruction of our democracy, hatred, the rise of militant racism- all of that and more) it is easy to forget the things for which we have to be grateful. So today I invite you to join me in the practice of gratitude. Here are some things that make my gratitude sing:
the autumn weather
friendships nourished over time
peaceful protestors taking to the streets
the passion of the electorate
pink pussy hats
believing in something greater than myself
women of color
people who do things to protect the planet
If you are reading this it is because, in some sense, we have been in relationship or conversation with one another through this blog.
I am grateful for the time and energy you take to engage.
I am grateful when you disagree and grateful when we hold one another up.
I am grateful that we are not alone in the miasma of our current political and spiritual situation.
I am grateful I am not expected to have all the answers.
I am grateful for the questions.
I am grateful that we travel together and that our journeys – no matter how different – have crossed paths.
You may have battle fatigue. You may be overwhelmed. Or depressed. It’s okay. I am still grateful for you. You do not have to be perfect or sustain past your ability for me to be grateful for you. I am so glad you are in the world and that we are walking together.
We cannot give in or give up. When we are able to immerse ourselves in gratitude we are energized for the work before us. So join me here. Look for the places and things that you are grateful for. Name them. List them. And let them be places of solace and strength as we get up each and every day to bring in a new reality.
peace and love,