Mon Gratuité (That’s French I Think)


“To humbly and proudly return what you have been given, that is the meaning of life.” -Fr. Richard Rohr

I am feeling very grateful.

It has been an odd week with unexpected needs coming up.
These needs begin to worry me and then end up getting met from unexpected places!
It has been the coolest thing!

This has me thinking.
Have you ever experienced that kind of gratefulness that is just welling up inside you?
The kind that needs to come out but at the same time it is very difficult to put into words?An appreciation for everyone and everything that has brought you to this moment even if this moment does not necessarily look the best from an outside perspective or may not be where you thought you would be, you are just happy to be in it.

I have been thinking about how gratitude is contagious.
A friend of mine once said that being thankful for your food and drink imprints on it and makes it better for you.
He called it intelligent molecules.
While I have no idea if that is true or not I do believe it also imprints on others around you.
Gratefulness is contagious and healthy. I want to see it spread.

Gratitude also changes you.
I liken it to a religious experience.
The kind in which it is not that you feel something but you feel nothing in the same way after and you just have to share it!
It actually comes with a need to return the kindness.
I heard it once said that to humbly and proudly return what you have been given is the meaning of life.

So live life from gratitude; live in such a way others are grateful for life as well.
This changes everything!
How we interact with each other, our problems, and even our good times, through this lens, can change the world.

So with all of that in mind I just wanted to say thank you.
Thank you so much to my family for always being there.
For teaching me so much.
For their patience.
For being such an amazing example of what it looks like to think, love, be generous with what you have been given and hold it loosely.

Thank you to my closest friends.
Growing and dreaming with all of you has been and will continue to be such an adventure.
To the one who I myself caught gratefulness from this week even in the midst of uncertainty.

Thank you to the friends I may have only even been around a handful of times or that have been separated from by distant.
I appreciate you and can feel your support even from afar.

Thank you to those who have taught me so much over the years. professors, teachers, mentors, pastors and employers who were available and showed me how to be as well.
For the wisdom you have imparted.

To those who took a chance on me.

Thank you to those who have been like a mother or father to me when I needed it through your availability and hospitality. From the snow plow driver who stopped when I was in need to the family that has always been so supportive that I do not see enough but when I am in their home it is so warm and welcoming, I appreciate you.

Thank you to those who taught me more in one night in the woods or in a tunnel than others could over years and years.
There was magic in those nights I am still realizing and whether you know it or not, the experiences I had then changed the way I see the world forever.
There is something heavenly that happens when you find yourself in a space where it seems like time stops and you learn more in moments than you have in entire seasons past.

Thank you security guard woman in this building who smiles whenever I walk in to go to my favorite coffee shop where I am currently writing this.
It is light in the this place.

I am thankful for the life and health I have and I am thankful for the hope and opportunity I have.
I do not want to take this lightly.
Someone had to pay for it and for them I am also grateful.

To those that press me and challenge my thinking.

I am thankful for roommates.
For the times they celebrate with me and the times they mourn with me.
They help me be present.
Stretch me.
I find later that it is good to be stretched.

And last but certainly not least I thank Jesus for being with me, for having always been with me and for going ahead of me.
A truer friend I have not found and he can be that for you as well.
Just ask.

Experience Hope,

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