Here's what I know: gratitude works. On a day when my cat dies, the clay cracks, car battery refuses to start and all seems lost, finding gratitude rescues me. I know it seems too simple to really work, but when life gets complicated, simple is the real solution. Hear me out.
The day my cat died, I cried. A lot. But as I wrapped her in her favorite blanket and buried her under piles of catnip, I sighed with gratefulness that she was no longer in pain. She didn't have to struggle to move or breathe or eat. I miss her everyday. I still look over to where she slept in the sun in her basket. But she is at peace, at last.
Through the sorrow, I am grateful.
When the clay cracks, it's a message. Respect the process. Working with clay, is not just working with an art medium, it's working with the earth. Working with the season, the temperature, the humidity, even the time of day. As much as I want to be in charge of life, I have to understand, I'm just one part, one piece of the process.
For the process and the reminder of the process, I am thankful.
Ok, nobody is ever thankful for a car that won't start. Not me. Especially when it was forgetfulness on my part. I was cleaning my car. I forgot to turn off the map light. I went to go to the store and my battery was dead. But the good news, it was 'only resting'. I called triple A and within 45 minutes, my car worked and I was on my way.
My car works. I am very grateful.
In the last few weeks, to many people all seems lost. Our values, our voices, our beliefs have been trampled by what may be a corrupted system. Again. We are mad, sad and scared that our beloved country has lost its way. I have to hang on now. In the midst of protests and vandalism and fear in the name of righteousness, I sigh and steer myself into the path of belief. I believe that all of us really want the same things: love, warmth, food, opportunity, freedom and safety. Our wise forefathers believed in our country and understood the need to foster freedoms that were so lacking in their homelands. As immigrants, they saw the need to create 3 branches of government, an electoral college and a bill of rights in addition to the constitution to insure a fair and more equitable place for all.
For our forefathers, I am thankful.
They filled their plates on thanksgiving day with the only food that was available to fill their bodies and lift their souls. And right now, I think we could all use a plate full of soul food.
Breathe in the air. Look up at the sky. Kiss someone you love. Hug your cat or dog. Put your hands in the earth. Turn on your car and listen to the engine designed by engineers and made by skilled hands.
Be thankful. Today and everyday. It's food for the soul.