We are always receiving gifts from others, and the world around us. Sometimes we are aware of these gifts, other times we are unaware, forgetful, self absorbed, naïve, etc. Today / right now, I am trying to tap into gratefulness and awareness. .
I am alive in a living world. There are many people whom I love, and who share that love back with me. I am in a dry and safe shelter. I had a meal about an hour ago with the near certainty that another meal will be available to me when I wake up. .
List off the gifts offered to you, great and small in your mind... .
Certainly with variance, we could all list our suffering too, and these have their place, but their is always a place to reflect and recognize those people, places, things, and experiences for which you can be grateful. .
Awareness of the gifts I have received, most of them completely unearned, and of no merit of my own, should (I hope) bring me to a place of trying to be worthy of them. To be a recipient who reciprocates, offers, shares, and passes on the gifts, and spirt of gratefulness. .
Maybe it's the rain on the roof right now, or the sheer proximity to friends, but I am glad to be alive, and to send out thanks to the living, breathing, raining world around me; full of suffering, and joy, and acts of love forgotten, and kindnesses not yet made. Be available to these things. Learn to articulate yourself. Be honest and vulnerable with other human beings. Say thank you. It goes a long way. .