Just One Thing / That Is All

26 Nov

You know, I really don’t get this whole FB “30 Days of Thankfulness” phenomenon.

I’m thankful for my mom. For my children. For my health. For cleaning the toilets because it means I have indoor plumbing. For the gorgeous car my husband just bought me as a surprise. For drinking wine with my BFF. For the little things. Etc, etc.

Half of these posts come off as monstrous humble-brags, the rest seem somewhat trite and, well…, obvious.

Or maybe I’m just being a grouch because I presently feel a bit overwhelmed by my possibly-less-than-brilliant idea to try simultaneously tackle: Two (2) neuro classes (brain-drain pain), AND a part-time lawyering job that involves counseling Holocaust survivors (emotional-drain pain), AND a volunteer gig meant to establish a rehab program for wounded service members/veterans (often an exercise in frustration) while also trying to navigate the incredibly foreign and intimidating world of 21st Century Dating (seriously, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND modern dating etiquette *at all*), all within the mandatory context of trying meet my bike training, sleep, and bacon-eating demands….

Sigh.

As I see it, there is only one (1) thing to be grateful for, and it rings equally true for each of us:

I am grateful to have woken up this morning with another chance to do even better all the things I fucked up before.

You see here a card I wrote to myself shortly after I got released from my neuro-rehab program in 2011.

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The blank card was given to me by a cadre of Manatt attorneys as part of a “We’re so glad you didn’t die” gift set. I like to believe that they selected the image because it’s (a) colorful and (b) evocative of luminance — two things sorely lacking during my convalescence.

I wasn’t sure what they wanted me to DO with those cards, but once I encountered the Dalai Lama’s prose, I understood what the purpose would be: I would write his message to myself and then read it every morning in order to commence each day with a properly calibrated mindset.

I went through 5 cards (out of 12) before I could properly inscribe the message (my penmanship was REALLY fucked up back then). Two-plus years later, it still rings true to me. Still inspires me. Still remains THE singular thing for which I give thanks:

Today I am fortunate to have woken up.

I am alive.

* * *

I have a precious human life — I will not waste it.

I will use all of my energies to develop myself; to expand my heart to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am going to have kind thoughts towards others.

I am not going to get angry or think badly about others.

I am going to benefit others as much as I can.

This is my daily prayer.

For this I am truly thankful.

That is all.

3 Responses to “Just One Thing / That Is All”

  1. Amanda November 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Whole-heartedly agree your rant, if that’s the right word. I think this is a lovely daily avowal (?) – I may need to steal it, it’s definitely something I should keep in mind/do better on/strive towards. And, there’s a good chance I’m out of sync with 21st Century dating at this point, but if you need any tips on internet dating let me know. 😉

    • justadventures November 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      By all means, steal away! And I may take you up on that last offer…

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