X

As We End this Year

December 22, 2020

As We End this Year

By Amba Gale

I have been asking myself, “What conversation or conversations allow me to create completion around the year, 2020.” What an incredible, unprecedented year this has been! Most of us experienced a certain momentum going into this year. I know I did, and when March entered into our lives, my life, our lives, we were turned upside down. Asking myself, early on, “What is being asked of me? What lessons does this new ‘required curriculum’ we must move through in our lives, individually and collectively, give us an opportunity to now learn?” was a nourishing question with which to move through the year.

When I look, I see many lessons, and many learnings. I see I have made discoveries in what it takes to be resilient, to be innovative, to let go of my resistance to having to have things be a certain way, to embracing uncertainty, and generating a commitment to wonder while standing in constant shifting ground, to appreciating the extraordinary in the ordinary, to tap into my poetic imagination, to come to life from an attitude of gratefulness.

I am not talking about positive thinking here, or sugar coating what has been a time of heartache, grief, loss, exhaustion, for many; I am pointing to creating completion, rather than just being glad 2020 is over or has ended. One of the lines of the poems I have written, called “For Giving Endings,” cautions us, “only with completion can a new beginning start.” Completion means wholeness, healing, integrity. It includes the griefs as well as the joys, the challenges as well as the opportunities, the difficulties, as well as the ease.

Consider this possibility: the fast track to completion is Gratefulness. As Brother David Steindl-Rast says, “It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Gratefulness is more of a perspective shaper than an emotion. We can create gratefulness, (how about “great fullness?”) as a way to approach our lives. It is a “way of being,” as Kristi Nelson says in her book, “Wake Up Grateful.” “Gratefulness opens us to the opportunity to experience gratitude in every moment.”

As you look back over the year, 2020, I invite you to look through the lens of Gratefulness. As you put those lenses on, perhaps you will see opportunities, gifts, in what this year has brought to you that you had not seen before.

What do you see?

Additional Posts

September 15, 2021

Let the Way Open

Last summer, on a quiet day, a sailboat made its way past the island in front of our cabin. It seemed to glide effortlessly as it caught the wind, its sails billowing. The energy of the universe, and of Grace, moves through us in just that way. However, to tap into it, we need to raise our sails, as well. We also (and this is hard for most of us) must surrender, or let go of needing to control, which need stops us from accessing that flow. Sometimes, it is hard to let go of control. And it is exactly…

August 31, 2021

Wounded Healer

In David Whyte’s book, Crossing The Unknown Sea, Brother David Steindl‑Rast says to him, “The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness.” What an amazing thought to ponder. This is a story about wholeheartedness. In the heart of the forest is a wounded tree. This tree is located in the magical, mystical forest of Glenstal Abbey, in County Limerick, Ireland, and we were led there by one of the Benedictine monks, Brother Anthony, who guarded the forest with his love. The tree was a total surprise. My husband and I were journeying with Turas D’Anam, which in Irish, means “Journey of the Soul,” in…

Return to Blog >
X

Join Us!

Subscribe to receive my weekly blog, news, updates & more.