Gratitude. Appreciation. Giving thanks. No matter what words you use it all means the same thing. Happy. We’re supposed to be happy … grateful for friends, family … happy to just be alive. Maybe we’re not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is, admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we’re thankful for the familiar things we know … and maybe we’re thankful for the things we’ll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.
Time tells us we are a separate ego-self and our fate depends on what happens to our bodies and minds. In truth, we are timeless, whole, ever-present awareness, interconnected to a greater consciousness.
We spend our childhoods writing our dreams in diaries. As adults, those dreams quietly come true every single day … only sometimes we forget to notice, until it’s too late. So, slow down … and take it in. Let yourself feel it. Because sometimes, even the most beautiful dreams disappear when the sun comes up.
New opportunities open us up to greater possibilities. New information and a new perspective can permanently shift our consciousness … and the way we see the world will never be the same.
All day, every day, we fight against the current. Sometimes, we lose. Sometimes, we win. Sometimes, the current carries us exactly where we need to go … and sometimes, it slams us right into the rocks.
We define ourselves by our actions. But, it doesn’t mean we have to live by that definition. We can change our own story. We can refuse to accept the way people define us. We can work like hell to escape a bad reputation … only to wonder if we succeeded. It can be hard to shake the mistakes of the past. They’ll always come back to haunt us. But, one thing we never do: we don’t stop. We don’t quit. We get up and rejoin the fight.
I become free when I let go all expectations, for each expectation binds me to attachment.
Meditation creates in me patience and perseverance. There is no rush, for I am here now.