Well on this full moon, I find myself the opposite side of the country from where I grew up and on the most south-easterly coast. Where the light first hits the country. It’s too cloudy to actually see the moon, but I assume she’s out there as scheduled. I feel extremely grateful and happy.
I am living in a beautiful wooden house surrounded by trees looking out to sea (a dream setting – bar the English weather). I work at a charity that is doing amazing work and has great plans for the future. I am in full health. I am full. The veg box was delivered, full of fresh, local vegetables which I turned into an Indian style curry with cauliflower, split peas & chard with some roast potatoes and carrots on the side. There is central heating AND a log fire (tell me who doesn’t love a log fire??) I have hot water on demand. This time last year, I was living in Peru and there was only water intermittently throughout the morning – freezing or burning. The rest of the day there was nothing. This now, is a luxury.
So many things to be grateful for. It’s easy to forget to stop and think about it when you’re busy. Since starting this job a month ago, I haven’t stopped. Until now. Tonight I have stopped and I am reflecting. Full moon. The largest of the year.
Travelling and living in other countries has given me a different perspective of the world and my place in it. It has taught me to be humble, appreciative and never take my life for granted. I am thankful for the small things. I’ve learnt how enriching life is when I’m more connected to my natural surroundings. I didn’t realise how profound this was until I left city life three and a half years ago. I think I was too busy to stop and think about it.
Every action has a reaction. I used to think I had to take extreme action to change the world, however, each of us has the capacity to change the world. In fact, we are changing the world with every action, every thought.
“Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others. As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward. The impact you have on the world is greater than you could ever imagine, and the choices you make can have far-reaching consequences. You can use the ripple effect to make a positive difference and spread waves of kindness that will wash over the world.” http://www.dailyom.com/articles/2009/21194.html
This leads me back to where I’m working and the people that have told me how the charity has had an effect of some kind on their life. Sometimes very deep. From finding peace during touch times in the gardens to learning about nature and choosing your career based on a week’s school trip to Rippledown. I’ve been touched by what I’ve heard so far and look forward to discovering more. The Ripple Effect.
I am grateful for the wonderful people who have touched my life, be it for a reason, season or lifetime. I am grateful for having a passport to travel to other countries. I am grateful for having choices and options. I am grateful to have freedom of speech. I have just read two excellent articles in the May/June Resurrgence magazine:
The Money Revolution • Oliver Tickell
It's time to take control of our money and use it to create a fairer society
Natural Wealth • HRH The Prince of Wales
Human economy is totally dependent on Nature's systems
I recommend a read.
I am grateful for being connected to the world so easily through this laptop and wifi connection. After three years of having to visit internet cafes with slow connections, I am still marveling at the speed and brilliance of the internet in the UK. On that note, it’s time to shut down and look for the moon….