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Friday, 14 October 2011

Rediscovering Gratitude


"Here I go again, smilin' too sweet. Can't seem to hold it in. Every time that we meet, I get this rosy glow and weak in the knees." (I sing joyfully, reminded of a delicious song by Meaghan Smith called "A Little Love").

So - Here I go again - Blog post #2!

I realize that some time has passed since I last posted. But you know what? That's ok! And you know what is even better than that? I'M OK with it being OK! :)

For me to write in any fluid and inspired way, I need to be... well, inspired! I feel that today is a good day to connect with you and the world, to share some thoughts about friends and family and this amazing piece of Heaven on Earth of which we fortunate enough to be a part.


This Thanksgiving weekend I helped a friend move from Fort McMurray to Vancouver. We drove from here to there in three days passing through Jasper, the Ice Fields Parkway, Lake Louise, Revelstoke, Kamloops, and into West Vancouver.

It was an honor to be a part of her journey across our two provinces, to send her lovingly into the arms of a new life chapter and an awesome adventure. To share so many hours with someone who holds a piece of your heart is an incredible experience, and to do this while travelling across this gorgeous country enjoying Mother Nature at her finest, is truly awe-inspiring.

As I sat in the passenger seat on the morning of our second day - Thanksgiving Sunday and the drive from Jasper to Lake Louise - I was overcome by such flood of gratitude and love that my throat got full and lumpy and tears came to my eyes. I was sitting there with a cup of tea and the seat warmer on (I love having a warm bum!), taking in the fall colors, the cloud covered mountains, and the morning mist on the windshield when it struck me that I was indeed in Heaven on Earth. The feeling that came with this thought hits me just as hard now as it did then. Here I am writing this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, with a heart full of gratitude for everyone and everything in my life.

As I sat there in the car Tweeting and Facebooking to my friends and family, sharing thoughts and feelings about how grateful I felt to be a part this wonderful world and reading in turn their own thoughts and responses, I felt whole and complete. Knowing that others felt gratitude for life and love as well made me feel even more connected and part of something larger. And it felt really really good!

Sometimes we allow life to get so busy that we forget our connection to that something that is larger than ourselves, our Source, our Inspiriation, or our Guide. We forget that we are made of love, by love and for love. Sometimes it takes a physical seperation from the everyday for us to realize how amazing life is and how lucky we are to be in this experience. This is what happened to me on the Thanksgiving road trip. Although I knew of my connection to all this in both my head and in my heart, it took a special trip with a friend to really hammer it home.

I am forever grateful for spending three days in car this Thanksgiving weekend. I feel more awake and appreciative of everything around me. I feel more connected to my family, friends, to my community and my world. Thank you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I simply cannot say it enough to express the fullness of my heart. Namaste. The light in me sees the light in you and is nourished. Thank you for being exactly who and what you are!

Much love and light - ALWAYS and FOREVER.
Heather.