I'm grateful for the gift of reflection today. This last week I have been seeing everything in its duality. Everything I label has an opposite and within that they seem the same. As I practice gratitude I try to focus on all the things I like and that I enjoy. I'm grateful for my family and for the sunshine. But how would we know what we like or what is "good" without comparing it to something else? And is anything purely "good" or completely "bad"? The sunshine, for instance, I label it good as I am grateful for the warmth and the light and yet I may label it "bad" at a later time when it is feeling too hot or threatening to leave me burned. But the sunshine itself has not changed. It carries both properties. This is only the simplest of examples and I could give many more but for now I will only mention one more. Ourselves. The things I see within myself, the characteristics I enjoy are then countered by characteristics I may wish to work on changing. But even as I change and "grow" toward the person I wish to become there are always more aspects to review. And yet at any moment I fully believe that each one of us is living in our perfection. We are unique and ever changing and yet we are exactly as we are meant to be in that moment. We could not recognize the aspects we wish to change without first exhibiting them. What do you think? What dualities stand out to you in your life? Are you grateful for the things you love AND the things that help you grow? I'm grateful for this perspective that gives me something to contemplate. I'm grateful because I enjoy exploring different thoughts and processes. I'm grateful for a community that I can toss out ideas and receive feedback.
I believe the way to a better future starts with gratitude today.