Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Last Evening...

"The gift within every gift is always opportunity. Most of the time, it is the opportunity to rejoice and to delight in the moment. Not often enough do we pay attention to the many opportunities we have each day simply to enjoy: the sun shining through the trees, dew glistening on a just-opened flower, the smile of a baby, the embrace of a friend."

"Life is given to us; every moment is given. The only appropriate response therefore is gratefulness. When we wake up to the fact that everything is a gift, it is only natural to be thankful and to look on everything that happens as a chance to respond to the Given Life."

"...joy is our wholehearted response to whatever opportunity is given to us in any moment. It does not depend on what happens."

"We think that people are grateful because they are happy. But is this true? Look closely, and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful."

"...if we start with easy things, then the habit of gratefulness will gradually become second nature..."

~David Steindl-Rast in The Music of Silence

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Last evening, I enjoyed with gratitude: soft light and shadow, a pleasant space to work, simple seasonal gifts, quietly dramatic skies, nourishing and abundant food to eat.