Today I feel blessed and bursting with joy at being alive! I recently went through an illness that reminded me, again, of how much I have to be thankful for. Pain and illness are temporary conditions for me, which is not so for everyone. Physical mobility is incredibly precious and in remembering others who give thanks for wheelchairs and ramps, I give thanks for my freedom of movement and refuse to forget and take it for granted. In flushing the illness from my body with literally gallons of water over a week, it’s easy to give thanks for the incredible privilege of clean running water supplied to my home and the filtration system to make it even more pure.
The least I can do with my blessings is acknowledge my appreciation and let the love I feel well up and pour out into the world. I shine my light to the wonderful people I share my home with and make them laugh, and with my 4-legged family members and get tail-wags and purrs. Every being around me benefits from my loving light, from clerks in stores to fellow parishioners. I step out for a walk and stop to chat with a senior as she pauses on her daily foray. We express gratitude for kind neighbours keeping sidewalks ice-free and admire the chickadees who’ve come to investigate our visit next to their tree. As we part with smiles I send her more love, knowing her day has been brightened by our interaction, as mine has with her.
I return here to share how thankful I am for this forum, this wonderful place where we bloggers can share our lessons and adventures in learning how to share our inner light ever more brightly in the world. How we can and do transform any stumbling block into a stepping stone. For we know that the truest path to peace on earth is by developing and fostering our own bright inner peace which then radiates out from us in all directions.
This day is an opportunity given to us to see what a wonderful life we’ve been gifted with. Thank you God, Great Spirit, Universal Intelligence – whatever name you want to use! This universal source for good rejoices as we rejoice. It brightens a grey sky when I choose to see the sun behind the clouds. As I take one step towards God by expressing gratitude, God shines towards me like a thousand suns. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!
Let’s all choose to remember this fact and in so doing help make it real for everyone.