Gratitude

 In Individual Work

Someone said to me, just yesterday, “my children are grown and scattered across the globe. My working career is coming to an end. I have physical ailments I never dreamed I’d have to face. Yet, this Thursday is Thanksgiving and I’m spending it with some homeless friends down by the river. I’m grateful that they welcome me.”

Thanks and the giving of thanks, what we call gratitude, is perhaps one of the most crucial ingredients of what we once called ‘mental health’ but is better called ‘spiritual/ emotional/ psychological’ health. In an age enamored by acronyms maybe we could call it sephealth.

We tend to forget that the gift of being, of life itself, trumps all our limitations, our failures, complaints, challenges and frustrations. Being, the gift of life, is never to be taken for granted.

The friend I mentioned above says ‘this day among all my days is the most precious. I am grateful to be alive, right now.’ With that in mind, take a few minutes for inventory. Count the good things. Celebrate those who welcome you by their fire. Take a chance, love someone.

This is from the poet Miguel De Unamuno

“Shake off this sadness, and recover your spirit;
Sluggish you will never see the wheel of fate
that brushes your heel as it turns going by,
the man who wants to live is the man in whom life is
abundant.

…..throw yourself like seed as you walk, and into your own field,
don’t turn your face for that would be to turn it to death,
and do not let the past weigh down your motion…

Happy Giving Thanks Day,

Hugs all around,

Stephen

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