My expansive gratitude this Thanksgiving is in the release of perfection and the embrace of what is here. I sit in untethered awe at the windows and doors that I am opening and that are opening by the winds that swirl around me. I reflect with intense depth of sensation – feeling it cascade from heart down into my belly – for those that carried me before I could carry myself. Parents, grandparents, siblings, dear friends, husband, children, teachers… they provided the space that was safe for me to ultimately step out of doing and into being. And for that, I am eternally grateful. And forever more me.
“Watching morning break, I realize again that darkness doesn’t kill the light – it defines it. I believe that now. For years, I didn’t. I believed that I was my failures, mistakes, misjudgments, shortcomings and wrongs. But I’m not those things. I am the light that shines from my faith, my courage, my willingness to be vulnerable and to be responsible and accountable. Moments of darkness only highlight that truth these days. I’m moving beyond shame. I’m basking in the light of my own recovery and the brilliance that comes from allowing myself to be seen as I am, warts and all. I’m not just those warts, either – I’m the frog who wears them, gradually becoming a prince.”
– Richard Wagamese, Embers
For this crazy, heartbreaking, joy filled thing we call life together, I thank you for being you. Beautiful, perfect, amazing and unlimited potential… YOU.