Wednesday, October 21
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Tag: #TGIFriday

TGIF: Gratitude for My Class

TGIF: Gratitude for My Class

Gratitude, Spirituality
This quarter I am taking one class, the theology of pastoral leadership. It's a different kind of class than anything I have taken before. I am learning about how to lead in a pastoral setting. I make mistakes and I take those mistakes to class and I learn from them. It's freeing! I know I am going to make mistakes so having a class that teaches me how to deal with those mistakes is a treasure. My classmates are amazing too. They are trustworthy and kind and yet also committed to helping each other grow and become better leaders. I am honored to be counted among them. "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes." --Mahatma Gandhi
TGIF: Gratitude for Lessons on Privilege

TGIF: Gratitude for Lessons on Privilege

Spirituality
It's been a hard week in college communities across our nation. It breaks my heart people feel unsafe to study and learn in the institutions they put their trust in. We need change in our society. That is obvious. What that change looks like, who should change, and how are less obvious though. I can sit in my comfortable home and pray for peace, weep for the injustice, and hope for a better tomorrow and then go back to paying my bills and doing my laundry. I have learned that this is privilege. I wouldn't have called it that 20 years ago. I grew up in a nice neighborhood with good schools and little crime. I was also unmercifully bullied, awkward, and financially broke too. I knew I had to excel at school to get a scholarship to go to college because I couldn't afford to go otherwise. At ...

TGIF: Gratitude for Gratitude

Spirituality
Yesterday on Facebook I came across the questions "What is gratitude for you and is gratitude a feeling or a practice?" I haven't talked about why I do this for a while so here is another way for me to describe what I do each Friday here. For me gratitude is a glimpse of the Holy. Not so much a feeling or a thought as an unveiling. I usually see through the mirror dimly but when in a state of gratitude I see clearly, if only for that instant. I participate in gratitude rather than receive or direct it. I struggle with PTSD and opening myself up to gratitude, especially for the so-called mundane, allows me to feel connected in peace and wholeness. Gratitude matters greatly to me. What is gratitude for you? "Gratitude is truly being alive." --Anon