William Blake, seated, in his old age, beside a little girl at a dinner party; Blake leaned down to her, smiled, and said, “May God make this world as beautiful to you as it has been to me.”
My gratitude list
This week, I would like to focus my gratitude on all the beauty of Nature I’ve enjoyed over the last few weeks. In our new home, we have the space and opportunity to start a garden and that is something I’m truly grateful for. I’ve talked about the lilies before, now it’s the papaya trees that have taken root! And then there’s the lovely monsoon showers from time to time. Not enough rain, but we’re grateful for all we get.
Last week, we were blessed to be invited by a to the lovely campus of ICRISAT. The sheer mass of green around that campus made it a delightful place to visit. And the fact that we had wonderful company, stimulating conversation and enjoyed great hospitality, made us thankful.
There is nothing we can be more thankful for than life and Nature. Today, I am drawn to reflect on St Francis of Assisi, who according to his biographer Bonaventure was such a lover of Creation because of his close contact with the sacred. To quote, Bonaventure:
Francis delighted in all the works of God’s hands and from the vision of joy on earth, his mind soared aloft to the life-giving source and cause of all. In everything beautiful, he saw (God) who is beauty itself, and he followed his Beloved everywhere by (God’s) likeness imprinted on creation.
I wish you a wonderful week ahead. In the words of William Blake: May God make this world as beautiful to you as it has been to me.
Suggested reading: Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier