Gratitude

Today I’m grateful for…

Witnessing the direct, courageous way in which painful issues can be directly addressed and held with clarity, accountability and empathy, and feeling inspired to continue to learn and push through my own fears to nurture more of this skill within myself.

Seeing how many of the new ways of thinking and being that we have been working on as a team over the past year are finally bearing solid, exciting fruit, and being reminded that deep, long-term change takes patience, trust and time.

Experiencing and bearing witness to the incredible depths to which full presence and deep listening enrich our conversations and connections.

Journeying alongside an incredible friend through often painful new territory, pushing ourselves to reflect more deeply on our experiences, patterns and habits, and daring to imagine new ways of being.

Consciously appreciating the beauty of the final stretch of my drive home each day, no matter how my day has been, how I’m feeling, what the weather is like or how many countless times I have driven along this road before.

Arriving to the warm glow of home through the pouring rain, with the joys of a delicious meal and the laughter of a family dinner waiting to welcome me.

Reading Dr Seuss, ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” to my youngest child: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go...” “Yes I am!” he announced proudly, before bursting into giggles.

 

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Feeling tears prick my eyes as I read the final lines of the book, remember how many mountains my mother found such incredible joy in climbing, including the final one on which she took her last breaths:

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!

The soothing sound of the rainfall outside my window, and the comforting chorus of frogs and crickets drifting up from the valley below.

The soft warmth of my bed on a chilly night, and knowing that in a few short minutes I will sink into the welcome relief of deep, healing sleep.

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