“Willingness, Humility & Gratitude”
By: Vince DiPasquale
Each morning begins a new day. Let us kneel before God, our creator and look at the earth and begin each day with a spirit of humility, knowing that we are a part of God’s new day. As we enter the month of November and the earth goes through a new cycle preparing for winter, we begin our journey with an attitude of gratitude for the gift of life. When we are given this wonderful gift, take time to be quiet & listen to God speaking to us through all the situations of this new day.
Let’s begin each day with prayer, asking that we have the willingness to be open to God’s will, not ours. Look around at all we have been given. Allow the experiences of our past, both with our mistakes, and our accomplishments, to be our strength to live just this day with humility and acceptance. Listen to the prayer from one of my meditation books: “Great Spirit, I humbly stand before you along with the new sun, the Mother Earth, and the smells of the morning. I ask you to direct my thinking today. Let me live in silence. Teach me your Wisdom. Teach me to love my brothers and sisters. Let me respect the things you have made”.
We are all spiritual creatures, in a human body. We are limited by our humanness so we can’t walk the journey of this world alone. We need guidance and direction that only comes by asking God for help in prayer. Your Holy Spirit is our guide and strength. We all need spirit guides. Sometimes God speaks to us through situations in the seen world. Our angels are messengers, and they are all around us. We need to be open and listen to them.
We refer to the month of November as a time to renew our spirit of gratitude and acceptance of all that we’ve been given by God. It’s a time that families come together and start the season of traditional holidays that mark the ending of another year.
To be thankful for so many gifts especially the gift of life is something we cannot take for granted. Our recovery program teaches us to have a spirit of openness and willingness to change and grow. The true spirit of humility is the total acceptance of self and both our struggles and talents, knowing that God will be our guide and strength. All of our struggles are battle scars of growth. Thanksgiving is celebrated one day, but the real Thanksgiving Day is every day that we walk the earth. Take time this month to reflect on all of our past experiences, and embrace them. Always remember our history is our most powerful teacher. Plan life but always be open to its changes. Be grateful for each day, treat it like it’s your last.
When we stop and look at life, the world and all of creation, we are humbled to know that we are just one part of God’s mosaic. Our creator has the master plan. All we can do is live each day, do our part, treat ourselves and all we meet with love and respect. Gratitude teaches us that there is a balance in life. For every negative there is a positive.
Just for today, let us think in willingness, walk in humility and pray in gratitude. For all that we’ve been given, teach us love, respect and care for ourselves so that we can pass this same energy on to all those we meet.
Thank you God for all you have given us, thank you for all that has been taken from us, and thank you for all that will be.
May God Bless us each day on our Journey!