Things are settling down in my world again. The sense of relief is palpable. I have weathered some pretty interesting storms the past couple of years, but right now, it feels like everything is going to be okay.
Earlier tonight I spent a few minutes just feeling gratitude for all I have learned and how things have always managed to work out. It’s really beautiful the way the universe provides for each of us in such a personal way. When we’re not distracted we can look around and see these things, little miracles, happening all around us.
I want to be happy for the way things are, but I don’t want to have expectations anymore. I don’t want to give myself reasons to be disappointed about anything. Life is about impermanence. What is good today is bad tomorrow, if you allow yourself to be pulled in those directions. There is a middle path though. It is the path of gratitude. It’s about embracing what is. Not just tolerating it, but being truly open to whatever is happening right now.
Do you ever meet someone and just know immediately you have found a kindred spirit? Is there anything on earth that feels better than finding these people? I do believe I recently experienced this and I am very excited about it.
Life feels so much better today than it did 6 months ago and now I realize that gratitude, especially during the dark times, is the opposite of arrogance. The ability to accept whatever life presents and still be able to say thank you, is the key to liberation. Non-attachment, wu wei. These are noble practices, the bases of which lie in humility. Gratitude springs from a humble heart.
God doesn’t ask much of us. Love each other and say thank you once in a while. That’s about it.
The more I live, the simpler it all becomes.
I have so much to be grateful for.
May I take nothing for granted.