Tuesday, July 23, 2019

humility and gratitude

While waiting to pick my wife up at the ferry I found myself in a very pleasant discussion with a young Muslim man from Tanzania.  One of the many highlights of our conversation was his observation of how a lot of people might feel gratitude for when things are going well, but not many feel much gratitude for when things are very challenging.

Lately I've found myself with in the midst (and mists) of several very challenging situations for which I can be grateful. :-)  I think back to this conversation and his, what might be referred to as,  'call to prayer.'  Somehow my heart is touched again by what we shared so extemporaneously, and perhaps more importantly, by how being thankful for difficult times offers something of great value.  This value might be difficult to articulate or describe, at least by me, other than to say that there is a movement within that leads me to a place where I want to go, whether I realize it or not. (How vague is that?!!) Perhaps my experience can be described as a warmthknowing, a whispering without words of immanent and organic meaning.  Ahhhh, how words get in the way.

I've been thinking a lot about the quality of humility.  What is it?  Where can it be found?  When I think of this man and what he said, well...