When asked if my cup is half empty or full, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup. The incalculable chance that I am even able to write this letter is one not lost on me. The rest though is up to me. One reason people resist change is that they focus on the loss, whereas gratitude would have us focus on what we stand to gain.
Having been through much change, many times in life, I have become a master of silver linings. There always is one. And change is simply part of the mechanics of life. I have also come to know that gratitude tells the universe you are ready to open a new door. For me, Costa Rica wasn’t just a door, it was a new room in the House.
One day, as I sat in my oversized armchair and sipped a drink with ice clinking, I knew this was one of the good moments in life. There was a deep satisfaction with how my day went and moreover, where I was headed in life. I intrinsically knew I needed to savour it, to hold onto it, because life at that very moment was very sweet. Fast forward a year later and to a much different time. Life, as it does, took a twist and a turn and all of a sudden I was upside down. And in that moment, I thought of my armchair and all of the life satisfaction I had soaked in that day, and I choose to hold onto that armchair moment. The deep gratitude I had cultivated, I knew it could be there again, and this momentary loss, I knew this too shall pass. It was then that I realized my cup was now empty, with all those bumps in the road, and I knew I had to get moving, to take action to fill my own cup once again.
And so I set off, full well knowing the following: the body heals with play; the mind heals with laughter; the spirit heals with joy; and the answers you seek never come when the mind is busy. And here I am still on the journey. I can’t say how long the road is yet, but I can count my blessings. Among them are lifelong friendships. Some of those friends have hit the road with me. Grateful for those on my bandwagon, the next big stop and celebration we have together is indeed Envision in February.
Not only a big deal for our community, but it is also a Festival I look forward to. I am grateful for what Envision has brought me, as it has brought people into my life that make it that much more bright. Every time I attend, the art blows me away. I profoundly appreciate the rawness of nature next to advanced expressions of art. Those too are moments I cherish and am looking forward to creating more of. And while I may not be at any destination yet, I do know when it’s time to rejoice, and it sure feels like it to me! So here’s to celebrating how far we have come. And if you happen to know you’ve made it, enjoy it. Savour it! And if you can, or care to, lend a helping hand so more can join in!
Eat dessert first. You never know when the world’s gonna end. – Ellie, 6 years old