#69 So much gratitude

When friends are going through rough times or hoping mightily for something to come into their lives, I like to light candles for them. And if I don’t have a candle handy, I still like to repeat their names and my wishes for them before I drift off to sleep.

Then one day I stumbled onto Gratefulness.org. Not only can light an online candle and watch it flicker gently while I send up my hopes for loved ones. I can also meet the Angel of the Hour and find reasons to celebrate on any given day. (I’m writing on the birthdays of Igor Stravinsky and M.C. Escher.)

On the Gift People page I can learn about people who make me truly grateful. I’ve read about Pema Chödrön, Daria Donnelly, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Fry, Fritz Eichenberg and so many more. Each month another is added.

I was feeling down today, but a visit to Gratefulness.org was like nectar to a bee

Under haiku I find one of my favourite Basho poems:

          Since there is no rice
               in the begging bowl
                    I put in flowers.

And I laugh when I read this anonymous entry:

          Of all the flagstones
               this crooked one greets bare feet
                    most personably.

And that’s just the beginning, thanks to the guiding spirit of Brother David Steindl-Rast, whose teachings underpin this beautiful site. There are teachings, practice sessions, and so much more.

To tell you the truth, I was kind of bummed out when I stopped by today. I’d just learned I’d overlooked something very minor when I finished off a proposal last week. I did what I could to make up for the slip, knowing it could still cost me a major contract. I can’t change the mistake, and I’ve done all I can to make it right. But I was still feeling down until I wandered over to Gratefulness.org. Now I’m cheerful again. This will work out – or something else will.

So stop by Gratefulness.org. Wander over to the Network for Grateful Living on Facebook. Follow on Twitter. All are welcome. You’ll find healing for the wounded places, strength for the trials, and companions for the journey.

Light a candle. Stay a while. Leave refreshed.

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Cathryn Wellner

Writer, storyteller, foodie, enviro, animal lover, photo enthusiast, traveler - opinionated but open. I wake up eager to start the day.

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Simonne Macklem - June 17, 2011

Thank you for all the nuggets you provide for us, Cathryn! I was pleased to hear that you are another candle lighter, sending light into dark places with candles and flowers, and loving thoughts as you drift off to sleep. You truly are doing my work for me, and gifting with me light in the bargain! I am very grateful! And that gives me hope, too! Sending blessings…

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    admin - June 18, 2011

    We do each other’s work by doing our own work – lighting the dark corners of our souls and sending that light outward. Shadows follow us everywhere. That’s what makes the light so beautiful.

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Laurie Larson - July 28, 2011

I found your blog through the Gratefulness.org FB posting today. I’m so glad that you appreciate the website as much as I do and now I’ve found your blog!

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    admin - July 28, 2011

    I’m delighted you found your way here. I love Gratefulness.org. They brighten my days – and yours too. And now your comment has made me grateful.

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