"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Monday, January 16, 2017

Oxygen

Today I am grateful for time to sit and enjoy the sunrise, and for the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others who have advanced equality in the United States and elsewhere.

But there is still much to be done, and we each have our own part in that. It starts with how we treat those we encounter throughout our day, and continues with what we say to others and to our children.
Kindness and compassion connect us. Fear and judging divide us.

To do our part each day requires more than intentional thoughts and actions, it also requires OXYGEN. I have a clean and free supply of oxygen at my disposal every minute of every day. It is vital and life-giving and yet I often don't even consider the importance it has to me, to all of us.

Consider those with health conditions that make breathing difficult. They need help getting enough oxygen to survive. Consider also those who live in areas with air pollution that may be making them sick or causing diseases. Clean, free oxygen I can get just by breathing is not something to be taken lightly. It is something to be deeply grateful for.  Pause. Breathe in and breathe out. Give thanks.

The words of author Natalie Goldberg seem very fitting:

"We should notice that we are already supported at every moment. There is the earth 
below our feet and there is the air, filling our lungs and emptying them. We should begin 
from this when we need support." 

Oxygen is indeed our life support. Pause. Breathe in. Breathe out. Give thanks. 

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