Are you willing to stop and take a moment to consider what you are grateful for? My first thought today of why am grateful is that I am grateful for the protection in my life. If you are reading this message somewhere in the world and on the Internet, you most likely also have a protected life. This thought about protection today actually arose as I reminisced about my trip to Palm Springs last weekend.
My sister, niece, and I had a very full and wonderful day visiting our uncle and then shopping at the Cabazon outlets. As we drove to our hotel, on the 10 freeway, we noticed something white up ahead. At first I thought it was fog, however, when we got to the vast whiteness we discovered it was a sandstorm. Luckily, our off-ramp was just ahead. Crossing over the freeway, the brunt of the sandstorm hit us. It was not just fine dust and dirt we experience in Arizona. No, it was white sand carrying small rocks.
We were a bit shaken driving through the intensity of the pelting by the rocks on the side and windows of my sister’s brand new car. Once through it we were thankful it was over, remarking how frightening it was. Just then a small convertible passes us. Yikes, we thought, that must have been horrible for them with their top-down. We remarked “I guess things can always be worse.”
The next day after visiting downtown Palm Springs for brunch we head up the road. With no place to go but straight ahead, we see another sandstorm crossing the road. We are hoping it is not as bad as the one last night when we notice two cyclists. They are pumping their bicycles as hard as they can and going about one half the speed they normally travel. Again, because we are protected, we chuckle it could be worse.
All this brings me to today and my feeling of being grateful. Along with feeling grateful that I am protected in so many ways I am grateful for so much more. I am grateful for life and living this life with a modest sense of awareness. Speaking from my experience, awareness makes all the difference between a life in which you are asleep and a life living from the awareness of choice. Life is so much richer living with awareness and love. I am forever grateful for this part of my aware life that seeks more awareness.
What are you grateful for?