I’m snuggled in a blanket on my friend’s sofa in Brooklyn.
Cozy. Warm. Grateful beyond belief.
I left my home in New Jersey late Tuesday night, after losing power and cell service for an undetermined length of time. My neighborhood left storm ravaged.
Before I left, I was mildly annoyed about my lack of access. My thoughts wandered: “How will I be in touch with my clients?”; “I’m going to miss my dentist appointment”; “What will I do without email access?”.
After finding my way to Brooklyn, I made some tea and turned on the news.
Within moments, my perspective was jolted into focus:
My adopted state is in ruin.
The death toll continues to rise.
Neighborhoods I know are burned or washed away.
Much of the Caribbean is in crisis.
Perspective is everything.
It brings focus to what’s really important.
It wakes us up to our incredible fortune.
It connects us to the value of life.
In the race to create the life we want, we often stop living the life we have.
Ambition without appreciation is shallow, unsatisfying and ungrounded.
Look and see how you are already free. There are reasons to rejoice.
Are you unfocused, or obsessing over the unimportant?
Are you awake to your incredible fortune?
Are you connected to the beauty and value of life?
Take a moment to say this prayer: THANK YOU.
Find a way to give. Give fully and wholeheartedly.
If you want to help hurricane survivors, the White House says how here.
—> In the comments below, share the gratitude that you are awake to, and how you will give today. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.