Gratitude, essential and elusive. Something I have tried very hard to instill in my son; that regardless of what we don’t have we are so much luckier than many. I think he gets it.
There is something guilt provoking in being grateful that others’ misfortunes are not yours. But isn’t the essence of gratitude the idea that “it” isn’t or hasn’t happened to you? Yet.
The state of the world often brings tears these days, yes crying again. The Hondurans who have lived here as productive citizens virtually all their lives, now to be sent “back” to their non-home. The violence and deaths in Gaza and Israel. The dreamers who have never known anywhere but here. The national parks being dismantled and made less accessible. The children who go hungry in this wealthy land. The teachers who have to strike for a living wage, knowing they are hurting the children they love. Nazis marching in our streets, openly racist and anti-Semitic; behavior that while existing, was frowned on and mostly repressed for decades. The black men gunned down for no other reason and the women who mourn for them. And on, and on, and on.
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I remember the intense idealism of the sixties and seventies, I lived it. And I have always held dear the notion that love and good, coupled with action, would win the day. I dedicated my first career to that notion, and to a love of the constitution and the rights of the underdog.
I fear that love is no longer enough. But as a personal matter, I have to remain positive; about the world, about my life. And the shortest line to positivity is gratitude. So I practice a prayer of gratitude every day on the way to work. Radio off, spoken out loud, thanking the universe for what a good life I have and acknowledging how intensely lucky I am in so many ways. And the antidote to negativity and especially self pity is always gratitude. And then there’s always action, fuel for gratitude.