Welcome back to day 14 of the A-Z Blog Challenge and my Letters on Gratitude. N is for NEXT.
When we began this race, we expected to win. We didn't plan to lose. But something came along, and got in the way. We slow down and focus on the wrong things. We say, "Oh no, not that!" and then that thing happens.
But we survived. Perhaps that is what we should be grateful for. We live to fight, love, write, do whatever it is our work is on this planet, another day. We have accomplished enough to have a second chance at that challenge. It hasn't defeated us. It has, in fact, made us stronger.
In truth, being grateful for what we have received (again, the donut analogy), and not focused on what we don't have is renewing and life-bringing. Being grateful requires we be in action. We do the tools we know help us. We sharpen our sword of discernment, we oil the mechanisms of our tongue and our body language, we become calm and receive messages rather than send out hateful ones. This is how we prepare for the battlefield of the mind. We contribute. We defend against the darkness by receiving the light.
We get up, dust ourselves off, and say Next. And we look forward to our compelling future.