What has already been given

“…we study how to deserve what has already been given us.”  – William Stafford

This lovely phrase is the last line from a poem called “Love in the Country” from Stories that Could Be True published by Harper & Row, 1977. It immediately leads me to think about gratitude.

I spend much of my life hurrying from one thing to another; focusing on the next thing to do or the next promising experience that I may be chasing. How often do I stop to really sink into gratitude for this abundant life?  All the people that I love and the sheer beauty of nature are but two obvious examples of the rich fabric of my experience.   Practicing gratitude opens my heart and fills me with a calm sense of belonging. It brings me to the fullness of the present moment. In the present moment I am grateful to experience being alive.

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