Thanks for joining the journey with me on Substack. It’s an honor and a pleasure to have an audience.
There’s no shortage of advice in life on the power of gratitude. It’s one of those things that gets said so often that it starts to lose meaning. In my experience, it’s also one of the few things in this life that is grounded on a powerful truth about the way we’re designed. Bitterness and hate, the culprits of the worst of us, never really hold up in a heart full of thanks. They’re limited by the emotional physics of things. Gratitude takes up all the space.
You can be grateful and feel sadness. You can be grateful and feel the pain of loss. You can be grateful and feel anger. But it’s damn hard to be bitter when you surround your thoughts with appreciation for all you have. And it’s hard to hate without bitterness. And so spending some time with what we have instead of what we don’t, of who and why we love instead of why we don’t, in the cosmically unlikely event of our existence in this place and this time in the arc of the universe, is as good a regular exercise as you’ll find.
As for me, I never in a million years imagined the life I would live today. Not because my life is better or worse than my hopes or fears. But because it’s the one life never lived until I lived it with the beautiful people in it. So I thought I’d share a short spot of it with you all.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!