A Gratitude Prayer

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Let Yourself Off the Hook.

It’s OK to unplug and disengage from the news of the day, from the horror, genocide, war, poverty and sickness that seem to be everywhere. We aren’t terrible people if we need to sit and look at the sky, silently counting clouds, feeling the wind as it shifts. We aren’t selfish or awful or lacking compassion if we take time to care for ourselves, as best we can.

What’s Good? What’s Right About the World?

No matter how bad we feel about what’s happening in the world, feeling bad will not make others feel good. Only by making small choices to focus on what’s good, what’s right, what’s important — moment by moment by moment — can we ever hope to change things. Only that will foster the kind of life condition that will allow us to energetically shift and shape our future.

Use a balm of Patience and Kindness.

It won’t happen in a day or a week or a month. However, it will definitely happen. It will happen when enough people acknowledge and give thanks for the simplest pockets of joy they experience. Even on dark days when nothing goes right. Even when surrounded by madness. A heartfelt conversation. A good book. A purring cat. A bowl of ripe strawberries. A chance to tell someone you cherish them while he or she is still here to hear those words.

Each Day Fill Your Cup with Blessings and Gratitude.

For these and so many other blessings, I give profound thanks.

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I posted a slightly shorter version of this on my Facebook page this week, mostly to encourage myself.  However, I was surprised to find it shared and re-shared all week, so perhaps many of us were feeling despair and needed a reminder.  Thanks to those of you that wrote to me and re-posted and reflected on these words. XOXOX

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