On Gratitude

Thursday, December 5th, 2013 8

Friends, I’ve had a roller coaster of life over the past few days. I have dwelled at the bottom, in the throes of despair, anguish, and worry. I have towed the mid-level line with frequent reminders to stay calm, to not freak out, to wait until the picture had fully developed as it were. And, I have risen from the depths to experience relief, to exhale, to return to a sense of ease. And in the midst of these turbulent emotions, I was reminded of gratitude. Yes, I admit to feeling the most gratitude when I emerged at the end of the ride on said roller coaster. But moreover, I was awakened to the truer sense of gratitude — to the idea of being alive to all that we have, both the good and the bad, each and every day.

Spectra_Softtone_Self-Tofino_rs“GRATITUDE is not a passive response to something given to us, gratitude is being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. Gratitude is not something that is shown after the event, it is the deep, a priori state of attention that shows we understand and are equal to the gifted nature of life. Gratitude is the understanding that many millions of things come together and live together and mesh together and breathe together in order for us to take even one more breath of air, that the underlying gift of life and incarnation as a living, participating human being is privilege, that we are part of something, rather than nothing. Even if that something is temporarily pain or despair, we inhabit a living world, with real faces, real voices, laughter, the color blue, the green of the fields, the freshness of a cold wind, or the tawny hue of a winter landscape.”
–by David Whyte, published on his Facebook page, November 28, 2013

I can’t say it better than that. xoxo

8 Responses

  1. Celina says:

    Sending you love as you ride it out. I love that I was there for when you took that photo. xo

  2. Carole says:

    Hang in there; your honesty refreshing, your artistry brilliant. And yes, we have a choice in this roller coaster called life. The days that are darkest are the ones that remind us to engage with gratitude to truly see the light and the beauty before us. Sending you love, strength, and many hugs. And continue being the seeker that you are <3

  3. Melissa says:

    Much gratitude being experienced here on your behalf! Love you.

  4. mary ebers says:

    So sorry to read about your rough week, Meghan. Don’t know the details, but thinking of you and I appreciate your thoughts on it. πŸ™‚

  5. Lindsey says:

    I’m happy this week ended well too. πŸ˜€

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