by Rev. Amari Magdalena
Even though I do not have cable or satellite service to access network news, the internet takes up the gap. If I choose, I can indulge in all the negativity and horror that is so frequently shared there. As the unfolding world, according to Yahoo, Google, Bing or another search engine’s titles glimmer at me inviting a click, I am aware of choice. On the other hand, I do not choose to ignore that much of our small planet has its sufferings and challenges caused by war, famine, disease etc.
Exposed by my selective clicks to the sufferings of humanity, I’ve become so very aware of just how much we, in this country, take for granted. My attention is grabbed by any random click of worldwide suffering at a level that most of us will never be exposed to. Even if we have financial struggles and rank among the growing statistical poor in our country, we are far beyond rich compared to most of the planet.
All of this gives me a heightened appreciation for the ‘what is of my life.’ This affords a golden opportunity to remember to count my blessings and say thank you each day. As I turn on the faucet of my apartment, I can count on sufficient, and good water, hot and cold as I choose. My tub, showers and sinks provide venues for bathing and cleaning. A short trip down the hallway, gives me access to electric washers and dryers for cleaning my clothing.
My apartment, though sparse by some standards without a garbage disposal, dishwasher or built in microware, is pleasant with large windows inviting light in a semi-dark Pacific Northwest environment. My furniture, though not matched and certainly showing signs of aging, is attractive and functional. I’ve been gifted a talent for creating beautiful art which greatly enhances the walls and making this space homey. A lovely courtyard is below me now resplendent with plants, flowers, and blooming trees.
I do not live in fear of my safety nor stress about what untoward things may be presented in my life. My shamanic training gives me a sense of protection and inner knowing as to where and when to proceed in many areas of my life. The city I live in, compared with crowded others, is not dangerous.
Though not too close physically to my friends and family, venues like Facebook and other social media, give me a feeling of connection with those near and far. Skype, Facetime, Google Duo, or Hangouts, afford me valuable time with my children and grandchildren. If I choose, I can engage in friendly hellos and light conversation as I collect my mail or go to the store. My car though almost 20 years old is steady and running. I’ve lots of low, to no cost, entertainment with my movie collection, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. My refrigerator is filled, as I choose, with nutritious or not, food beyond sufficient for nutrition, energy, and health.
Shelves are filled with books worthy of re-reads and eBooks are gathering space on my devices. Health, though at times facing the challenges of an aging body, is generally good and I’ve sufficient energy to accomplish the things most important in my life. I recover from the challenges and feel renewed to forge on.
Some debt tends to pile up and I may be cash short on occasion, yet compared to MOST of the world, I am wealthy beyond measure. More importantly, I feel SO abundant in all the truly important ways in this life. For this, I am profoundly grateful. Life IS good!
I hope that you too, can pause in all of your busyness, and take stock of being grateful for the ‘what is’ in your own life. Being appreciative becomes a habit that brings deepening peace. While you are expressing your gratitude, why not affirm that more of the world will know and share your experiences. As Foster Gamble said, and demonstrated, in his movie Thrive, we were all intended to flourish. It was/is the Divine Plan. So, prosper and share what you can, in the ways you are able, to help others do so. And, remember what you learned in kindergarten when you are given a gift, say Thank You!