A windy day, cloudy and cold. A busy day for me yet something calls to me…something beautiful in essence. The words in my mind long to be expressed… so I take time. To be honest, I am stealing time but then again, I can’t steal what is mine. Ah, this wandering mind… 🙂
Sitting here in the café, watching dappled sunlight filtering through the canopy of trees, listening to the sound of cars passing by, I can finally take a deep breath and write… the words of appreciation, the words of gratitude… for this world of mine. Despite the ugliness which I am certain exists if I turn my attention to it, but not today. My spirit, my soul need respite.
And this song speaks to me in this moment, a song by a soulful musician no longer with us but his unique sound will.
Sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy!
With much appreciation and gratitude,
Driving home after a long day at work, longing to put my feet up and taking sips of my green tea, I was on the brink of a ‘woe is me’ moment – I was so tired – when it dawned on me that I am rich.
I am rich for I have the love of a good man, the trust of children, the nurture and care of parents, the respect of my peers and colleagues, the support of friends. I am rich for the love I have to give. I am rich for I do want for material comforts.
I am rich for my lived experiences – pain so I might learn to endure and be strong, disappointments so I might learn to trust and hope, suffering so I might learn empathy, loss so I learn to cherish. So it was that I become who I am today.
When the experience of life becomes overwhelming, as it invariably will some time, I take stock. Sage advice often told. But it is not as easy as it seem. To take stock, we will need to let go of our attachment to expectations, to the tyranny of ‘shoulds’, to stories told of our lives, and to positions we have taken and conclusions we have drawn of our selves.
Instead,we will have to embrace what living is – that unexpected things happen, that adversities have lessons to teach (and only for those open to learning), and that things will appear better. After all, as Anais Nin said,
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Life will not stop surprising us. So perhaps all we can do is to accept it as a learning and growth opportunity.
And thus I am rich!