My daughter recently posted this. I re-post it here with her kind permission: “Gratitude. I’ve never had more than I do right now. Two weeks ago I found out I have brain cancer. I am booked in for surgery at the end of this month to remove as much as possible. I don’t know what the future holds, no one does. What I do know is how grateful I am for this physical body of mine that has supported me to the best of its abilities for 41 beautiful years. I know it is still doing its best even during these more challenging times. I am grateful for my family and my friends who have embraced me with so much love, protection and healing energy. This experience has bonded us. I am grateful for the way this cancer revealed itself to us. In the safety of my own home with my strong as nails husband and wise beyond her years daughter. I am grateful that I am able to be treated and cared for in a specialized hospital in such a fast and efficient way. I could go on but I am amazed how Gratitude alone can change a situation. This is meant for me and I am grateful. Gratitude and love, my two favourite feelings. Sending both to you all.”
Row, row your boat gently downstream. Be grateful. Life is just a dream.
Gratitude is not gratitude for this or that. Gratitude is gratitude for everything.
I agree. It behooves us to deepen our relationship with death, to look at it straight on, to talk to our children about it. From a planetary perspective, death and birth require one another. Can we imagine what the earth experience would be like if nobody died?
One perfect summer afternoon I was blasting along an empty stretch of Montana highway when the rear tire on my motorcycle blew out. This was an unsettling experience. What did I learn? I learned that angels don’t look like angels.