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Gratitude Friday - November 13, 2020

“The chain of all and everything that is happening at this moment has never occurred before and shall not ever.” ― Suyasha Subedi

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” ― Masaru Emoto, Secret Life of Water

Gratitude Friday – Pulling a little harder to find gratitude this morning. Things are a bit rough, the days are long even as the light of day is short and the forces that seem poised to pull me down are working overtime. But I am here, now. People much wiser than me note that hard times make stronger people. One thing that the passage of time has taught me is that there are always hidden “gifts” and lessons when life tests you. I am also seeing though the passage of time that all I have is right now, and there are things, people and situations present that have meaning and value to me and that past is done and the future outside of my control. I have here, now and that is all that is true and good.

I don’t pretend to have the answers on what to do next or how to deal with future perceived challenges. I do know that I am relatively safe, I am relatively healthy and that all of my life has prepared me to get to today. I have to be here now and trust the process, it is the one key I can play. I will continue to be me. I will continue to raise my voice against injustices and to work to be of service to others as a healer, advocate and educator even when the challenges seem vast and overwhelming and discrimination ever present across our systems.

The gratitude of the day is that I am grateful for right now, right here and all it entails. The good, the bad and the ugly. The past shows me that I am a poor judge of which is which and that today’s ugly may well end up being tomorrows gift that is invisible to me today.

I can replay the past or try and live the future but it would be to no avail. I have now, and when I think of how remarkable the odds it took to get me here, I understand, even just for a moment how I am the grand lottery winner of life, come what may.

Today I have the ability to be here now and I am grateful for that.

What are you grateful for today?

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