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.
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
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.