Reflections Wall 3: Gratitude

3-Gratitude

(Abajo en Español)

3.

GRATITUDE
Life’s beauty is beyond comprehension.
We are so tiny in the scale of life and sometimes forget that even if we are tired, sad or just lazy and we decide to stay in bed, the universe is still out there running and marching to its wonderful synchrony as it has been for over 4.5 billion years.

We possess so many valuable NONthings that we often overlook, but it is also true that some possess much more than others, and everything that we can do to try make inequalities and injustices disappear is worthy.

As Ecologist Stephan Harding notes, “humans are an exceptional species, in at least two respects. We have access to several levels or modes of consciousness, and we have immense freedom of choice” and in this sense, the challenges of present times demand us to exercise our humanity “with the greatest degree of awareness and responsibility. Doing so will open up new possibilities for living more fully as human beings.”

Familiarity and routine can be dangerous, often making us unaware of our privileges. Returning to London, I acknowledge that I belong to a privileged group and I pledge to everyday recognise my gratefulness (and luck?) for the possibilities that life has offered me and that I have so far embraced, for the family in which I was born and for the people I have been able to meet along the way, committed to make thoughts and words translate into positive, meaningful actions.

“Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” Margaret Cousins.

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3.

GRATITUD
La belleza de la vida es incomprensible.
Somos tan pequeños en la escala de la vida que a veces olvidamos que aunque estemos cansados, tristes o perezosos y decidamos quedarnos en cama, el universo sigue allí corriendo y marchando en perfecta sincronía como lo ha hecho por mas de 4.5 billones de años.

Poseemos tantas NO-cosas que frecuentemente no notamos, pero también es verdad que algunos poseen mucho más que otros y todo lo que podamos hacer para tratar de suprimir desigualdades e injusticias es valioso.

Como nota el ecologista Stephan Harding, “los humanos son una especie excepcional en al menos dos aspectos. Tenemos acceso a varios niveles o modos de consciencia y tenemos inmensa libertad de elección…” y en este sentido, los retos de tiempos actuales demandan que ejerzamos nuestra humanidad “…con el mayor grado de conciencia y responsabilidad. Al hacerlo se abrirán nuevas posibilidades para vivir vidas mas plenas como seres humanos.”

La familiaridad y la rutina pueden ser peligrosas, a menudo haciéndonos olvidar nuestros privilegios. De regreso en Londres, reconozco que pertenezco a un grupo privilegiado y me comprometo a reconocer cada día mi gratitud (y suerte?) por las posibilidades que la vida me ha ofrecido y que he tomado hasta ahora, por la familia en la que nací y por las personas que he tenido el gusto de conocer en el camino, dispuesta a hacer que estos pensamientos y palabras se traduzcan en acciones positivas y significativas.

“La apreciación puede alegrar un día, incluso cambiar una vida. Tu disposición a ponerla en palabras es todo lo que se necesita.” Margaret Cousins.

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  1. […] I recognise I am free and I manifest my gratefulness, not only as an exercise of appreciation to life but also in honour of all the people that I know and value who cannot enjoy, like I do now, these […]



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