January 25, 2021, I wrote The Power of 100 Days and had asked the question “What shall I do with the next 100?” As I continue to do the daily meditations, I would think 1/3 of the way…I will do an update. But I did not. And then think 1/2 of the way, I should post an update. But I did not. This morning, after a long storm last night and hours without electricity, I woke, took care of dogs and cats, and came to read my meditation as always. It was the second hundred days this morning. I sat there, just being with myself and that thought. It was about second chances and the “get-a-new-life business” (Gates, 2012). He ended the meditation with the statement:
I will never be able to repay my debt to the ordinary people who saved my life. And that is just fine with me, because the day my debt is repaid, I will probably be done with this life. Until that day, I will continue to say thank you.Rolf Gates, Meditations from the Mat.
As I have continued to work on my personal goals these past 100 days, I have intentionally and consciously added saying thank you, and being more supportive of others. I have always attempted to do so, but somehow, right now, ‘attempting’ is not enough. Kindnesses to ordinary people can metaphorically and in reality, save our lives: theirs possibly, ours certainly. Not save our lives in the sense of not dying, but saving our lives in the sense that what we do matters as to who we are and who we become.
I ended the post in January with “Will the light break through from the darkness? It always has before.” This morning, I saw the power of the process of to what we “regularly and consistently bring our attention” and how it leads to not the “Ah Ha! I have arrived!” but staying on the path of the process of becoming.
Until then, I will continue to say thank you.