today’s lesson on being thankful

the lesson came today from one of my senior (aged) yoga students.  one of the joys of teaching seniors is getting to know them and sharing their lives.

after telling me about bridal gown shopping for the granddaughter that she has raised , this lovely almost 90 year old said…”oh come outside with me and see my new WINDSHIELD!!”  she was so excited.  she wasn’t mad that something happened to break her windshield, instead she was thankful for insurance that paid for it, for  the installer that came to her, and that he didn’t make a mess and “didn’t even leave glass everywhere!” she just kept saying “doesn’t it look good?”  of course I oooh’d and ahhh’d appropriately.

this is the same woman who 2 years ago was so negative that I gave her an assignment to tell me at least one positive thing every time I saw her.  at the time her granddaughter was working overseas in a very unstable part of the world for the government.  this sweet lady would watch non-stop news coverage and she worried constantly.

today to hear about the wedding dress shopping and the lovely new windshield was just great.  a real lesson in being grateful for things like new windshields and not worrying about the reason that we needed one.

today’s gatha:

every moment can be used gain insight and from that calm arises.  I aim to practice constant mindfulness.  this brings tranquility and insight.  I can sustain wisdom even in the midst of ordinary activities and distractions.



p.s. yes I did say almost 90 and she does drive!! she is in great shape both mentally and physically.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. joyelliott
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 20:29:42

    This is a wonderful lesson for all of us. Thanks for sharing this with us


  2. Amy
    Mar 17, 2015 @ 21:02:34

    Beautiful story -just beautiful!

    Namaste, Amy Sent from my iPhone



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