“Let’s feel the magic of those two little, big words, “thank you.”

Ardith Rodale

Thank you readers, thank you writers, thank you friends, thank you family, thank you medical practitioners, thank you teachers, thank you students, thank you care givers, thank you parents who adapted to the oddest of times and honored their children, and thank you children who honored their parents. In other words, thank you all, for rising to the occasion.

Thank you quarantine for forcing us to settle down, and thank you God, and and every living being, for reminding us we are inextricably intertwined, and, this is best realized when we work together.

Thank you for the experiences of late, rough as they have been, for teaching us how to be… better. We do this by being grateful. And in being grateful, we are loving what is.

 “As we are broken open by our experience, we begin to be grateful for what is, and if we live long enough and deep enough and authentically enough, gratitude becomes a way of life. “

~ Mark Nepo

Gratitude is both our call and our answer. Ancient wisdom and every faith tradition emphasizes the importance of gratitude.

“An attitude of gratitude gets us off the treadmill and out of the rat race. As we cultivate a true and deep appreciation for what we do have, we realize that our sense of lack is, for the most part, an illusion. No matter our circumstances, the richness of our soul is ultimately what brings us happiness, not another martini, bigger breasts, or the latest video game. As Lao Tsu proclaimed, “He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.”

– M. J. Ryan, Attitudes of Gratitude

Jesus gave one commandment. And this one was not done in parables, or transcribed, channeled or interpreted; He said it straight up:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. “ (John 13:34)

Gratitude and love are inextricably intertwined. As are forgiveness and transcendence. This is my last weekend of blogging. If you have time to pay attention to one thing, please watch Bishop Curry’s 12 minute thanks to the graduates of 2020. (It’s below-despite the funky loading job. ) Share with any graduates you know. The message is powerful.

And make gratitude the muscle you build this weekend. It won’t change the dynamics in your life, but it promises to change how you experience them. No doubt you will be reminded how much love and appreciation you feel when you give it.

Thanks ~

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s message to the Graduating Class of 2020