GRATITUDE – and about being here, on Earth

Gratitude
Photo: “Gratitude”, mixed media on canvas, part of a new series of mini paintings
GRATITUDE.
 
I am sincerely happy to be human here on earth, with opportunities to love, learn and grow.
 
I remember once when I was about 15 years old, I wrote in my diary that I was happy to be a human being on earth, and it was here I wanted to be now. That I did not want to be heading anywhere else , but simply be fully present here.
 
My parents were religious. Not in the usual understanding, but in a searching, open way. I have deep respect for the fact that they never tried to enforce their beliefs on me. Still, I experienced that what they searched for often sounded like something that was THERE (in heaven) and not HERE. I wanted to be here. I liked it here, on earth, and I could feel heaven right here.
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I’m still happy to be here. I mostly feel it when I have good days and can get a grasp of life. On days where everything seems to fall apart (and that happens for us humans, certainly for me!), I find it more difficult to feel gratitude.
 
I would like to practice that; to be able to FEEL gratitude, even on those days. Maybe just for tiny tangible things as my bed, our sweet cat – or a good cup of coffee.
 
Today I’m just grateful. For the blossoming spring, for my work, for my family and how we develop together, and for good friends. Tomorrow may be different. Thank you, Creation, for everything. It is a unique and rich experience to live!
 
Love from Lise.
 
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Walking with Grace

“The more graceful you are able to walk, the more grace will be thrown on your path”

I found this sentence today that I had dotted down on a piece of paper weeks ago. It was followed by these words: “Joy in every single step”.

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The funny thing is, I kind of think I wrote those words, that they came to me during my morning pages. But it was written a while ago I am not completely sure any more. Anyone recognize it? When I google it, all that comes up is advice on high heel walking!!! That wasn´t quite what I had in mind…. But that doesn´t matter, the words ring true to me and help me remember the importance of every single one of my steps today…..and every day. And that is what matters. A good reminder for me today. Most days actually.

To me, walking with Grace means walking through life with the intention to stay aware and bring more light into this place. In whatever way that is possible. And I don´t mean that in any high-flying or quick fix way at all. I see it as a very real life challenge, where what counts most is the small adjustments in attitude. Every day, in every possible step. Some days it may mean accepting my boundaries. Or giving up on things I firmly believed I had to do. And other days it means daring to go out there in the world and do my best to let my light shine, even if it makes me nervous or doubtful at first.  A beautiful challenge. I love this part of human life: That we are able to create something uplifting or healing by our small continuous acts of joy and awareness.

Sometimes we need other people to remind us of the importance of all those little things we do to lift human life and bring more light here. So, here´s a little note from me to you: Thank you, whoever you are, for whatever act you are able to put into this world today that will bring more light and joy and make you bounce with grace in your steps.

Xx Lise.