A post by PMu in Daily Doodle has reminded me of something important to remember, especially in these turbulent times of delusion, confusion, myopic avarice and collective stupidity, appreciating what I have rather than dwelling upon what I do not have:
I am grateful for many things:
- a warm and safe place to sleep,
- enough food,
- the luxury of a shower and toilet and hot water,
- a body that, despite its faults, allows me to explore mountains and sea, make things (including my comfortable bed!) and see/hear/feel well enough to make and appreciate art and the amazingness of the world,
- knowing good people, educators, artists, musicians, scientists, volunteers, writers, military and ex-military, lamas and monks and dharma teachers, potters, carpenters and people without job descriptions who are and have been part of my life,
- several friends in the forms of rabbits, cats, a magpie, a couple of horses and dogs,
- having shared time and love with two amazing people over the years, most recently somebody who inspired me to learn Dutch and move to Scotland,
- having done and planning to return to work that really inspires me and helps others,
- the teachings of the Buddha,
- living and working in Scotland, a nation with far more potential than many of its own inhabitants admit and than is allowed it by an increasingly remote government in London
- both my parents (see past posts)
- My sister and her family,
- the National Health Service and the dedicated and overworked people who work within it despite continuing attempts to undermine and dismantle it,
Most of what I am grateful for, beyond the things necessary for basic needs, are not material things. They cannot be taxed, stolen, vandalised or, until I lose my memory and leave this life, lost.
It’s a day off, a Friday, it’s frosty and sunny and beautiful here, I’m going for a walk up a small hill before going to get some things I need in Glasgow.
If you’ve read this far, may you continue to enjoy both the ephemeral and lasting things that you are grateful for.
Pass it on. 🙂