Today I spent time at a neurologist office for my Mom’s appointment. Not everyone walked in unaided.Not everyone could speak with ease. Not everyone could get a cup of tea at the beverage center on their own. Not everyone could fill out the paperwork by themselves.
At the age of 25 I was chosen to receive the lesson not to take for granted the ability to walk or do “normal” things. I had the opportunity to learn what it felt like to live with chronic daily pain in my back and neck, with headaches turned migraines that would last for days. I healed from the hit and run thanks to God and my innovative Chicago Doctors and supportive family.
I’ve had other lessons since then where mobility was no longer easy. I guess I am a slow learner. I’ve had to repeat the same lesson over and over in order to better understand gratitude.
There are so many things we don’t even notice are a blessing until they are gone.
My dharma is to remind and inspire you to be grateful without the lessons I’ve endured the hard way. I am creating a whole program around this practice of an “Attitude of Gratitude.”
In the meantime, while in bed tonight take a moment on Thankful Thursday to give thanks for all that you are grateful for.
My list includes:
- I am grateful for my breath.
- I am grateful for my ability to walk by myself.
- I am grateful for my Mom.
- I am grateful for all my spiritual practices that keep my grounded.
- I am grateful for my altar of special things
- I am grateful for all my Superfoods
- I am grateful for raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
- I am grateful for avocados
- I am grateful for vegan “cheese” made from nuts
- I am grateful for my knees
- I am grateful for mobility
- I am grateful for my teachers
- I am grateful for my students who are also all my teachers
- I am grateful for sunshine
- I am grateful for clean water
- I am grateful I am safe
- I am grateful I know how to love myself
- I am grateful for netflix
- I am grateful for soft cashmere sweaters
- I am grateful for white nightgowns
- I am grateful for matching socks
- I am grateful for my flexibility
- I am grateful for my heart
- i am grateful for this opportunity to be grateful.
- I am grateful for being able to do a forward fold like in this photo. It’s ridiculous to touch your face to your shins but I am so grateful for this silliness which after all is not so silly, it’s amazing!
And yes I am even grateful for being run over by a car. That moment of grace, influenced the rest of my life.
Just like today when I came heart to heart with real life heroes in wheelchairs, and those struggling to speak, or stand up or sit down. This life as we know it is a miracle.