In this November month, whether we occupy our first, second, or third chapter of our lives, or in the transition zones in between, let us remember that we can always choose to be grateful.
Sometime it is easy, as in when friends show up in varieties of ways to demonstrate that we are supported in this world. Or, for me most recently, when a free Sunday afternoon concert at Smith College, by world class musicians, brought pleasure for days and reminded me that I live in an amazing part of the country.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust
It’s a bit harder to remember to be grateful in times of disappointment or loss, when we are challenged to consciously dig deeper for what’s good.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have ~ Frederick Keonig
What’s even more challenging are the “third chapter” conundrums when confusion and chaos temporarily reign. What is next for me and you? How will we think about it? How will we navigate the years of change and loss, and keep growing and learning anyway?
It may be that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings. ~Wendell Berry
May we all find ways to express our gratitude for the rich journey of life, including the surprises, confusions, challenges, and delights.