Gratitude is a way of conveying a big thank you to the universe. It feels rather luscious to be filled with gratitude. At this time of the year when the days are shorter, it provides a window of opportunity to look inward and notice all the moments in life where we can find gratitude. Mother Earth gives us this time to go inside, it’s a quieter time of year meant for contemplation. As we in the United States get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, it also provides for a time to notice all the things in life that are worth a celebration of gratitude. One can begin the day with gratitude for the day, for being able to walk on the Earth and shine your heart. Today I am most grateful for friends. Last night in the middle of the night I was jolted awake by the twang of the smoke detector, followed by the incessant voice telling me ‘batteries are low’ over and over. Finally after every good attempt to ignore the noise, I did what anyone does, I attempted to fix it. This required a trip to the garage to retrieve a very tall ladder since the smoke detector going off was located quite high on the wall. The ladder was too short! By now the dog was in the garage, seeking refuge from the voice and I was wide-awake after harnessing a very tall ladder through the house. I put it back, coaxed the dog back inside, and returned to the safety of my bedroom with the door closed and the television blasting to drown out the ‘batteries are low’ notice. I know, television in the bedroom, not a very smart or relaxing object to have in the bedroom and most often I do not use it, but on this occasion it was pure bliss and served to reassure me I was right to keep it in the room! Finally, sleep prevailed over all the noise for both the dog and I. When we woke up, the voice was silenced. Perhaps it was all just a dream was my first thought, not so, for she started in again. Prevailing on friends to bring a taller ladder, they came to save us from the voice. After some maneuvering, it was a fate accomplished and off my friends went back into their own quiet lives, and my life was also once again quiet. Today, I am most grateful for silence, for good friends with tall ladders, for my faithful companion, the dog who loves me even when I forget to change the batteries in the smoke detectors, and for the sun as it is setting behind the mountains right this very moment as I type. I am grateful. What about you, what are you grateful for at this time of year?
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie