This morning, as I prepare for a day when so many of us traditionally count our blessings, I’m filled with awe and amazement for just how much I adore my life.
That is not something I say with boastful pride. It is rather an admission that is full of relief, and a bit of amazement. For if you had told me when I was struggling to find my way into my true calling that I would end up in a career that I love so much, and with so many days that I adore living, I don’t know that I would’ve believed you. But it was in those dark moments, where I made sound and brave choices to steer off the well-trodden path, that has led me to this rather astonishing reality of true happiness that I find myself in today. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”
So, as I tell you how grateful I am:
There are solutions.
There are ways to feel grateful. Gratitude is not something you can force. However, stopping for a day to count your blessings is an important footstep along the path to actually feeling gratitude. This practice points each of us in the right direction. The journey is cumulative. The more you are grateful for the things in your life, the more great things show up mysteriously and magically.
I am not sending you this love note of gratitude out of a sense of duty or best practices. I am truly grateful and humbled today for your presence in our community. Whether you are a very active presence in our financial empowerment initiative, or just dipping your toes in the possibility that there is more to learn than what you are being exposed to in the mainstream group think, your presence and patience and interest empowers these central themes.
So I do encourage you to count your blessings today. And I am very grateful for your presence in our community. In the words of Stay Strong Project co-founder and kirtan artist David Newman, “Stay strong and keep your faith alive.”
Blessed with family and adventure... Always...
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