Saturday, April 23, 2011

happy easter

It's Easter weekend, and while I'm only sporadically spiritual-and even less religious- I find myself mulling over this simple line:

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."

It strikes me that I spend far too much time thinking about myself. Too much time wallowing in self-pity and doubt.  Far too many hours thinking about how I have failed or worse--how others have failed me. And not nearly enough time being grateful for all the incredible gifts, large and small, that appear in my life daily.

Today is also Earth Day. When I was little, my dad and I used to wade through the river behind our house on Earth Day and collect trash. I thought he was the coolest guy in the world, and I was gung-ho about environmental stuff for years after. Meanwhile, my friend's dad was one of the activists responsible for getting Earth Day started. How cool is that? I'm grateful for people whose passion makes the world a better place. And hoping someday I become one of them.