As an introvert, I need a lot of alone and down time, and I have not gotten enough the past week or so. It can be hard to find time to myself with my busy schedule, but I know I am a better person when I get enough introvert time.
As part of my Rule of Life, I wanted to dedicate one day a week to be my sabbath day. Most weeks I am able to accomplish this. However, in addition to this one day a week, I have started to complicate my idea of sabbath by considering that any moment can be a moment of sabbath if I am intentional about being in my body and in the world.
Here is a beautiful poem by E.E. Cummings:
A Sabbath Poem:
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Today is my 23rd birthday. As I reflect on the past year, I realize that I have grown in more ways than I ever could have imagined. As I continue to go through transition and transformation, I’m reminded of the importance of gratitude. One of the most beautiful things about gratitude is it allows you to find a source of gladness even during the hard times. As a spiritual practice in our house, we try to spend time every evening at dinner reflecting on what we are grateful for. In honor of that, I’d like to share 23 gratitudes.
I am grateful for:
- My Saint Columba family
- My family (especially my parents)
- God’s creation
- The opportunity to grow
- Fresh snow on the mountains
- An amazing job
- Delicious meals
- The St. Peter and St. Mary community
- The ocean
- Humor and laughter
- Passionate people
- A great cup of coffee
- Warm fuzzy socks
- My education
- All of our basic needs which we take for granted, food, water, shelter, etc.
- Patience and understanding
- A good book
- Good friends
- Beautiful sunrises
- All the love that surrounds me
I hope, that as I enter my 24th year, I will continue to carry all of these gratitudes with me, and with an open mind and heart be willing to find even more to be grateful for. The world can be scary, sad, and very dark, but I will continue to allow the light of gratitude guide me on my way.