The light blue ski lift chair propels into the sky. Slow and deliberate. Green trees and the crisp cool white snow are highlighted by the glimmer of the sun. The spotlight is in on the empty ski lift chair. Today its meaning is not lost on me.
How do we fill that chair everyday? Are we sitting in the middle of abundance or are we complaining of the emptiness? Today we honor what colors our life with gratitude. But what if we did that everyday? How about practicing it so much that it leads to a sustaining peace? There is something everyday in our lives that allows the opportunity to step into the light of peace. Even in my darkest hour, the sadness has eventually led to some resolution, some peace. It really is, as clichéd as it sounds, our perception of what we are observing that determines the feeling of gratitude or the angst of emptiness.
Fill up that chair. With those who love and uplift you. Submerge yourself into the struggle. Practice gratitude when you are knee-deep difficult times. I’ve talked about the pendulum and how it swings, over and over again, and in that sway, we can find gratitude and peace.
Love to all of you on Thanksgiving 2012.
Well said. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Thanks Ayala. Hope you had a wonderful Thankgiving with your family as well.
“Are we sitting in the middle of abundance or are we complaining of the emptiness?” Something for me to ponder as I am struggling to make a paradigm shift in my life. Thank you.
Perception truly does determine our gratitude. And gratitude determines our attitude.
Very well said Rudri!
Lovely, Rudri. Hoping you had a wonderful holiday.
A little late but I hope that you had a wonderful holiday! I drafted a very similar post on gratitude (but haven’t yet had a chance to post it). I totally agree with you, Rudri. The Thanksgiving holiday really brought home how grateful I am this year in particular, and yet I did ask myself why we set aside one day a year to give thanks. We need to do this every single day.