Everything is a gift. The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefulness.
Day and night, gifts keep pelting down on us. If we were aware of this,
gratefulness would overwhelm us. But we go through life in a daze.
A power failure makes us aware of what a gift electricity is;
a sprained ankle lets us appreciate walking as a gift, a sleepless night, sleep.
How much we are missing in life by noticing gifts only when we are suddenly deprived of them.
Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound, but a listening heart perceives meaning.
Everything is a gift. Grateful living is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life,
a limitless yes to belonging. A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully
to the harmony of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it-
that alone can be like waking up from a dream. Gratefulness is the key to a happy life,
because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy-
because we will always want to have something else or something more.
~Brother David Steindl-Rast
when we lose the thread….
inquiry for today~ how about a change?
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.