How can death and gratefulness be a great couple?
Can they really walk hand-in-hand?
Seems like an odd pairing doesn’t it? However, if you were to assume I am correct that death and gratitude can be partners in a great life, you will be free to explore the how and why of it. So lets assume I am right – death and gratitude are a great couple.
- Fact we are all going to die in and of itself ought to be highly motivating.
- Fact our lives depend on death in order that we live ought to induce a deep sense of gratitude.
- Fact we are each only one of 7.6 billion people on the planet – our insignificance is totally significant.
- Fact we only have this one life in this unique body – reincarnation or not.
- Fact we have a life to fully experience no matter how long or short it may be.
By accepting the fact that I am only on the planet for a limited time and that Mother Earth is conspiring to keep me alive by supplying me with sustenance ought to be enough information to engender a deep sense of great fortune and a profound sense of gratitude that I am alive and living life against all odds.
Be grateful for each piece of food you eat.
Thank the growers as you wash the carrot.
Thank the pickers as you blend the blueberries for your breakfast smoothie.
Thank the rancher and the animal for the chicken-breast you are barbecuing.
Thank the orchard owner for the apple you are munching in your car.
Thank each of these foods for giving their lives in order that you may live yours.
Be grateful for death and all the ways that it injects life into you.
Do these thankfulness practices as you wash the dishes too.