A new week, a new look at gratitude

A number of weeks into a new world with virus leading the way to healthier habits, there is a list of 5 things to be grateful for that I’ve come up with today:

Appreciating the stars that light the night sky.

Grateful for being able to avoid wear and tear of shoes as they are most often off my feet.

I am truly grateful for my husband’s enthusiasm to get out of the house while I stay in the house.

The grocery shopping is gracefully taken care of by my husband, whose almost daily outings include a visit to market, to market-with mask, gloves, and wipes for protection.

Family interactions are challenging, loving, emotionally charged, and tender, all in the life of a day and a “day in the life” of me.

gratitude – be here now

The celebrated introspective captivating author from the sixties, Ram Das, who created a book from visions, Be Here Now, passed away early 2020. Time seems to stand still more often now in these tumultuous times. Grateful for the times we have lived through; the sixties were a time of enlightenment. To be present in the moment is one of the gifts of having a pet like a dog who just loves to be with you in the moment, whether walking, playing or sleeping. The beauty and freedom of being in the moment is one of the happiest places for a human to be. It takes some doing for me, a reminder that all is temporary and that all is well.

What Next To Be Grateful for?

The continuing sage of history spreads a blanket of sadness on our present predicament. Mother Earth has regurgitated a virus to get the attention of those who would destroy her first, as environmental changes have had devastating consequences to our physical world. The occupants of earth will create a way to survive, all of them, even viruses. Humankind will become better from a distance, for this, but meanwhile, surprises in grief & suffering surmount the observer who can’t be unaffected by this.

Continuing on, staying close to those you love, even if at physical distance, is an opportunity for stretching humanity. The outrage and horror can be misdirected to blame and flail powerlessly at what I cannot control. And then, a voice on the phone calms me, a family member jolts me into the present moment, and all is well.

Find calm in the chaos. Don’t let the chaos distract from the calm within, I’ve been reminded it’s in there, buried under disguises of anxiety, fear, grief, anger, rage. When those disguises become me, the words that pour out are me too. Released now, all the words can come. I wish the same for you. Be well, be safe, be true, be whole.