When we are faced with something that threatens our very existence, or at least our current reality, we are given the choice between two options. One, desperation—I must cling tightly, what if I lose everything? Two, gratitude—I already knew life was finite and precious, and it’s here now so cherish it.
There is a prayer in The Valley of Vision I come back to often:
“May I speak each word as if my last word,
and walk each step as my final one.
If my life should end today,
let this be my best day.”
Do you feel the difference? It’s not a denial that this all might go away soon. But rather, it’s a determination to seize what you currently have, the present moment, “this,” in the fullest way possible.
May today be my best! Despite circumstances, worry, fear, uncertainty, economic instability, worldwide health threats—the list goes on, and the list will always contain something. If it’s not what we’re dealing with now on a large scale, it will be something later you’re dealing with on a small scale.
This is an opportunity, not only to utilize the “boredom” for creativity, as I mentioned a couple weeks ago, but to utilize the uncertainty to train your heart and mind to lean into a mode of gratitude.