Six weeks, man. SIX. WEEKS! Six weeks.
That’s all. Six weeks left before the year will be over and Christmas will be done and the turkey et, the gifts exchanged, and the family feted, and we will be sitting in our armchairs at the end of it thinking dear Lord, what the heck did I just go through?
(Okay, we’re thinking that today, but that’s for an entirely different reason.)
Here’s the thing. The next six weeks is gonna happen whether we want it to or not. We can react like we’re getting run over by a bus, or we can respond to the circumstances with the pluck that we know we are capable of.
Ask for grace. Whatever your tradition, asking for grace can be a prayer, meditation, plea, or self-hypnosis. What you call it isn’t important; doing it is. Ask for one day’s portion of grace. And tomorrow, after you wake up and have some coffee, ask again. Keep asking every day for the next six weeks.
- The grace to smile at a stranger who cuts you off in line.
- The grace to not honk at the idiot who zooms around you, unsafely, in traffic.
- The grace to say thank you, through gritted teeth if necessary, for the day job, or the carpool, or whatever is vexing us but a material part of our daily round – for we have a daily round, and we have the job, or the carpool with healthy children, or whatever else is part of our day. The simple fact we have a daily round should not be taken for granted.
- Most especially, ask for the grace to have a grateful heart for all the abundance that is already in our lives. If you are reading this, Dear Reader, you are privileged indeed – not because it’s my words, but because you have access to the internet. That is an incredible miracle that not everyone has access to. It can be a powerful tool for good. After all, it brought you to me, right? And that, I am incredibly grateful for. Thank you.
Don’t try to do it all in the next six weeks. Remember that the important thing is your presence, your attention, and your love. The rest is trappings, and we all know how hollow trappings are without the light of love. I ask for the grace to remember that, in the coming days.
Be strong. Love one another.
A beautiful message, no matter what your path.
– E.E. Cummings
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