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Goodbye, Old House

February 21, 2011 2 comments

Moving onThank you for sheltering us from snow and rain and wind for almost 50 years.

How many times did we find retreat and sanctuary in your embrace?

You stood silently behind us in countless photos; a member of the family. You knew our routines and bent yourself to our needs.

Within your sturdy walls we expanded and contracted, celebrated and grieved, whistled, worked, and prayed.

Now it’s time to go. We have outgrown you, in a way. Our new house is ready. And you have a new family to learn.

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What is it time for you to say goodbye to, with gratitude and clarity?

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Gratitude

Cool in the shadeWhen it’s 105 degrees Fahrenheit, nothing spells gratitude like the pool of cool shade at the foot of a tree.

But it’s easy to be grateful for things that make us feel better. What about being thankful for things that push us around a little? Like the heat that forced us into the shade in the first place.

In her funny, life affirming blog, ThxThxThx, Leah Dieterich has written more thank-you notes to Pain than she has to Chocolate, Laughs, Money, and Possessions combined.

Maybe no one wants to hear old chestnuts like “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” or “pain builds character.” Nevertheless, it’s hard to deny that important benefits accrue to us from challenge:

Patience from poison ivy. Learning from embarrassing mistakes. Clarity from scarcity. Compassion from suffering.

Thornton Wilder said, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” What happens to our aliveness when our definition of treasures includes the tough stuff?

Alive in the hot sun. Alive in the cool shade.

What are you grateful for right now?