Gratitude 2.0

No one will argue the benefits of practicing gratitude.  Count your blessings, look on the bright side of life, be thankful for what you have, the wise advise.  Sure, it’s good for us, and enjoyable too, to acknowledge our wins — an achievement, acquisition, validation, improvement.  But what about gratitude when things don’t go our way at all — during loss, failure, uncertainty, rejection? GRATITUDE 2.0 Lately, I am practicing my gratitude on this deeper level.  Advanced gratitude.  Gratitude 2.0, I’ll call it.  The foundational pre-requisite for this course is humility, the acceptance that perhaps I don’t know what is…

Lighthouse in the foreground of ice-fishing shacks.

Finding Light in the Darkness

During the coldest winter months in the town where I live, the river ice thickens to support a temporary village of ice-fishing shacks on the ice adjacent to the local wharf.  People gather to fish and socialize, skate and play hockey, share warming beverages while huddled over space heaters, and take long walks on the open expanse of ice. I am intrigued by the symbolism of the lighthouse standing watch over this setting.  The village, a coming together of those who embrace winter, who choose to illuminate the coldest and darkest days with the light of community and camaraderie, is…