The word grace is thrown around a lot. If you look up it’s meaning, you will find a multitude of definitions. Enough that you (or maybe it’s just me) can get really confused about what it really does mean.
As I sit here near the end of December pondering Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice, I think about Grace.
The best, easiest, most simple definition I’ve found for grace is gift.
In this sense it fits into every definition.
This time of year, as well as any other you choose, every moment of your life even, you can think about what gifts you have in your life.
Is it your job? Friends? Family? Health? Pets? Nature? Your neighbors? The squirrel in your yard? The food in your fridge? The shoes on your feet? Clean water? Money in the bank?
It’s all a gift. Even if you worked for it. Or didn’t.
Do you know what the best thing you can do is when you’ve been given a gift? Any gift?
Just say thank you.
Really. That’s all that’s needed. Thank you means you appreciate the gift you’ve been given.
There’s a sign in one of the yoga studios I frequent that says, “Give thanks, for everything”. Even the grace you receive that you don’t really want. People who seem careless, a health scare, a car accident. Everything that happens can be a wake-up call , an invitation for you to listen, to pay attention to your life. To decide how you want to show up when things are going well, and when they aren’t.
You have grace. Say thank you. Pay attention.
Happy Holidays to You!!
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