Some clarity today– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 14

In a moment today, I was gifted with just the right time, the right set of circumstances, the right frame of mind, to receive a new, deeper understanding. For that, and so many other things, I am grateful.


Copyright Tam Black 2015 Designed for
Copyright Tam Black 2015
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Guiding Thought

Through gratitude, your consciousness of Love expands, connecting you with All. Gratitude increases your awareness of unity; gratitude shows you your Wholeness. Gratitude is the bridge to knowing others as your Self. What a gift you are!


Everyday, on my way home from work, there’s a traffic light that usually takes 5-10 minutes to get through (that’s New Jersey for ya). At this time of year, I hit that light just before dusk, at which time a flock of birds sits at the very tippy top of the leafless trees, and on the wires around the trees. There are hundreds of birds.

I love birds. I find them sweet and innocent and beautiful and free. So, when I pass this spot and see them, I say to them, “hello beautifuls!” And I watch them for the whole time, waiting at that light.

Today as I sat to get through the light, the birds all at the same time flew up into the air, flew around a small circle, and landed back on the tippy top of the trees and the wires. In that moment, watching them all fly together, I felt so honored and gifted. They were beautiful and breathtaking.

I also happened to be listening to today’s Guiding Thought.

In that moment, with the birds, the Guiding Thought made perfect sense. When the birds all flew up, and took my breath away, I felt the honor and the gratitude, but I also felt this clarity of openness, appreciation, and love. It was that feeling, that love, in that moment with the birds, that I understood how love connects you with All. I felt completely connected to those birds, to the trees, to the sky, to the setting sun.

I felt how gratitude is the doorway to that love, to that connectedness. I really felt how gratitude is a bridge.

Love does not always come readily or easily. Love can be a difficult emotion to feel naturally toward animals, or birds, or nature, or strangers. So, when love is not right there, when there is no reason to feel love toward something, just go for the gratitude, and the door to love opens.

Gratitude also has the particular quality of “working” even without an immediate corresponding emotion. In other words, gratitude can be mental, even intellectual, and it still works as a bridge to love.

Sometimes I over-think things (really!). For example, with gratitude, I stress the gratitude of being, the gratitude for life, and (I admit reluctantly) that I give those things predominance over being grateful for material things. But today, my eyes were opened. Gratitude is gratitude is gratitude, is the bridge to love. Just be grateful for anything and everything, whether it’s spiritual, material, mental, or emotional.

When I realized how much my over-thinking prohibited gratitude from working in me I just started listing in my head all the things and people I am grateful for.  It was a long, long list…

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