Sunday, August 1

TGIF: Gratitude for Returning from Sabbatical

Hi! I'm so glad to be back on Beguine Again. I took a long time to regroup after my mom's death and my graduation. I needed that time. And I missed the daily focus on gratitude I had cultivated. Is it easier for you to remember things that caused you pain rather than things that made you happy? It is for me.

I remember when I was growing up I would do something without thinking it through, like reach for a pot handle after it had been on the stove for a while, and get hurt. Never anything serious but small injuries. My mother would usually just look at me and say, "Well, I guess you wont do that again." And she was right. The memory of the pain was enough to keep me from grabbing for a hot pan with my bare hands again.

As good a deterrent as pain is, it is a sad way to live daily life. Always trying to avoid the painful. By thinking daily about what I feel gratitude for, I was able to learn from what was pleasant as well. I remember happy moments and moments of clarity better. So today I am truly grateful to return to this practice. What are you grateful for?

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations



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