I’ve struggled with deciding on a topic for my second to last gratitude journal entry. Ideas and thoughts on love, life, and gratitude seem to just be more of the same of what I’ve written in my previous 363 posts.
I have been thinking a lot about impermanence lately. There’s a quote in one of my classrooms that reads,
Work hard to make something as meaningful and beautiful as you can. And when you’re done, pack it in and know it was all temporary. You have to remember that. It’s all temporary.
Yoga Jones, OITNB
The quote has stuck with me over the last couple of days. This same idea was what made me fall in love with books like Tuesday’s With Morrie and Walking To Listen. Both protagonists had incredible adventures full of important learning, only to end due to eventuality. This to me is what makes gratitude so important.
The thing is, life goes on and the world keeps turning even when we aren’t ready. Change is always happening and it is gratitude that keeps us grounded. As I draw closer to finishing my Master’s degree and plunge into uncertainty, I remind myself it’s all part of the process. I learned that this summer as well when I misfiled my VISA paperwork. The experience I was trying so desperately hard to hold on to ended. It was up to me in that moment to make a choice, a choice to carry on.
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Nothing is meant to last forever. Because of that fact, I know gratitude becomes more important. I have learned a lot by posting and reflecting daily on what I’m thankful for. The writing process itself has been both fun and cathartic. As I enter into a new phase of my life, I have accepted the things I cannot change. I know I have done everything I can to prepare for the future and I have to trust the rest will figure itself out. I’m grateful for the people who have supported me and helped me get here. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the love I’ve shared.
The Gratitude Journal has been a joy to write but I’m excited for what comes next. I’m eager to take on new challenges and set new goals. The sun will rise on a new day with untold experiences and opportunities. It is up to us to make the most of it while we can.
Today I’m Grateful For…
- Warm tea to start my day
- A good book on the bike
- Clean water and texts from Cambodia
- Teachers, mentors, and coaches.
- My process and my learning
- A warm sunrise full of opportunity
- Getting ready for bed with my cat
- Walks around Horn Pond with my Grandmother
- A clean apartment
- Time with my family
- The sound of the waves crashing against the warm sand
- Safe travels and finding new places
- Late night desserts
- A couple deep breaths
- Signs from the Universe
- Sharing new music
- Saturday morning pancakes
- People who inspire
- When I get to support my friends and staff
- Peanut butter sandwiches to settle the nerves
- An acceptance of the things I cannot change
- Train rides home from BSU
- Trying new things
- Frank and Holly
- The here and now, this very moment
As always, check out my first blog 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.
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Featured image coming home from Cambodia.