For all that shall be: Yes!"
~~ Dag Hammarskjold
This quote has been my motto for 2009. This year has been filled with gratitude. And today, on Canadian Thanksgiving, I take a moment to reflect on all that I am grateful for.
I haven't written many entries here on the blog this year. In fact, it's shaping up to be the quietest year here at tallpenguin.com. It's not that I don't have lots to say. Goddess knows there's always stuff swirling around in my head. It's that somehow, so little of it matters enough to want to share it with a greater audience. I have spent more time this year than any other in quiet reflection, just being with life as it is, just enjoying watching the meanderings of my own mind and I must say I'm quite thankful for this shift in awareness. I have come to a very grounded sense of who I am, realizing that I am not my body or my thoughts or any of the external labels this life may give me, nor am I the sum total of these parts. I am an infinite, expanding, compilation of cosmic dust and consciousness. And it's okay. In fact, it's pretty wonderful. For this opportunity to experience life as a human being, I am thankful.
Over the past year, my relationship with my parents has deepened. There seems to be a mutual respect that has crept up on us, from not sure where. Our connection is virtually unspoken but beautiful. We spend more time together and it feels much easier. For this I am thankful.
And I am truly thankful for my brother. He has supported me in so many ways this year, emotionally, spiritually and financially, when needed. He came to the rescue when my computer crashed and has recently set me up with a new bed and decor items for my humble abode (which I will blog about at a later date). He has always been my rock in this life, showing me the true measure of a man. And he is one of my best friends. Not many people can say that about their sibling, so I am deeply grateful.
My life abounds with strong friendships, satisfying work and profound love. As I sit here at my computer, I am filled, not just with gratitude, but with a very deep sense of awe. I am at the most content, quiet and loving place I have ever been in my life. Not exactly sure how I got here, but I am here. I am happy. I am.
May my gratitude extend to you and yours this day. Whether you are near or far, know that you have made a difference in my life just by your presence. Thank you.