Saturday, November 28, 2020

Brother David Steindl-Rast - Gratefullness


 "Everything is a gift.
The degree to which we are awake to this truth is a measure of our gratefullness.
Day and night, gifts keep pelting down on us.
If we were aware of this, gratefulness would overwhelm us.
But we go through life in a daze.

A power failure makes us aware of what a gift electricity is;
a sprained ankle lets us appreciate walking as a gift, a sleepless night, sleep.
How much we are missing in life by noticing gifts only when we are suddenly deprived of them.

Eyes see only light, ears hear only sound,
but a listening heart perceives meaning. Everything is a gift. Grateful living
is a celebration of the universal give-and-take of life, a limitless yes to belonging.
A lifetime may not be long enough to attune ourselves fully to the harmony
of the universe. But just to become aware that we can resonate with it --
that alone can be like waking up from a dream.

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life, because if we are not grateful,
then no matter how much we have we will not be happy --
because we will always want to have something else or something more."


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