I am feeling a lot of gratitude these days for all the gifts and opportunities I have in my life. As we head into Thanksgiving weekend in the the US, I don’t want the frenzy of sales to overshadow this opportunity to reflect on the Ferguson decision, and critical questions of racism and inequality in the world and what actions we can take.
What I am so grateful for at this moment in time:
That I have plenty.
A garden of abundance. I can fill my belly, quench my thirst, keep warm and lay down my head when I need without worry.
That I have choices.
So many choices about how I use my time, how I relate to my loved ones, my community, strangers. I have choices about how I parent and relate to my child, how to learn, what I want to pursue at this point in life and how I want to do it.
That I have support and that I am loved.
I have support of family and friends as I choose. I have support for stepping out and trying new things, for being brave, making mistakes and trying again. I also have support for being silly and imperfect and being me. I know that people love me even when acting overwhelmed and disorganized, making silly poems or wetting my pants from laughing to hard.
That I have opportunities.
I have invitations, people who want too listen to my story, opportunities to share my enthusiasm with my community and via the web, the world. I have so many opportunities to turn strangers into friends and build and add to my network of support and sharing. I have opportunities to make more and new choices.
That I can question.
I can ask hard questions about what is happening in my life, my community and the world. I can safely question the status quo, the powers that be, and the way things have always been done whether in relationships, organizations or any situation. I can question the motives the money and the priorities. I can question the honesty, integrity and accuracy of what I read, hear and see.
That I can take action and that my actions matter.
Day in and day out with confidence in my support I can determine my priorities, take advantage of my opportunities, and choose to take actions that make a difference for myself and others. I can take small daily actions that can help ensure that other people can enjoy and access these things that I am so grateful for. I can take actions that promote non-violence in the face of violence.
And my hope?
That I have the wisdom and courage to make the best use of these wonderful gifts and to pass them on. As the Brown family stated,
What are you feeling grateful for? What is your hope? I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Thank you, Lisa