calmness and mindfulness and equanimity develop and deepen on their own..."
|Rain clouds at the bus stop this afternoon|
After a month of bone dry weather, Mother Nature graced us with rain last evening and promises more today. The birds seem to have noticed. The overcast morning echoes with their animated song.
Although the drought still prevailed yesterday morning, I felt a deep gratitude then as well. My own "inner" weather was the source of that thankfulness, though.
I had just arrived at the bus stop en route to an appointment with the eye doctor, when I realized that I had forgotten to slip my insurance card into my wallet before leaving the house. A quick look at the cellphone verified that there wasn't enough time to return to the house to get it. My fate was sealed. At that moment I realized that I would have to appear at the receptionist's counter to face another moment where I'd be asked, "Can I see your insurance card, please?"
At this point, you might wonder where the hell gratitude comes in here-- unless, of course, I am outing my own masochistic tendencies. Which I'm not. (I don't think.)