Nowadays, I more inclined to walk rather than hike and to my surprise I find that nature continues to reveal itself to me, a mirror reflecting to me the nature of humanity. I live in a beautiful area and so much of the homes are beautifully landscaped and manicured but I have noticed that even in these beautifully manicured homes there at the edge of the property are these succulent plant, forgotten and left to dry and wither away.
In fact, there are many of these same plants, sickly and parched for a drop of water throughout the neighborhood.
There is an expression today that we often hear “COVID fatigue” describing the times we live. This pandemic is definitely taking its toll on us but some of us are weathering the storm more easily than others. For those that are struggling during this time, it is like this plant, you feel dry, wilted and nothing seems to nourish your soul.
With Thanksgiving just a few days away it is a reminder that there is always something to be grateful for in our lives. With the craziness of this year and no end in sight maybe the “gratitude” list can look a little different for 2020. Here are some suggestions:
I am grateful for the comfort and support of my family
I am grateful for the joy my friends bring into my life
I am grateful that I am taking care of my body and keeping it healthy
I am grateful that I have had space and time to finally clean out my closets and the clutter
I am grateful that I have had space and time to be more creative
I am grateful that I had the time and space to complete those unfinished projects
I am grateful that I have been able to be patient and more tolerant of other
I am grateful that I’ve been able to give more of my time and money
I am grateful for the blue skies and cleaner air
I am grateful that my heart has opened so that I can express more kindness and compassion
I am grateful for the strength I get from my spiritual practice