A Grateful Day with Brother David Steindl-Rast


Category: Mindfulness

Read: 4 min

Author: Daniel Zeitler

This text is transcribed for learning purposes from the Video A Grateful Day by Brother David Steindl-Rast.

You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you – today. It’s a gift. It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness. If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised you have eyes you can open! That incredible array of colors that's constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment.

Look at the sky. We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going. Open your eyes. Look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet. Each one has an incredible story behind their face. Not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. All that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us. You flip a switch, and there is electric light. Turn a faucet, and there’s warm water and cold water, and drinkable water. A gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

And so I wish that you would open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you. So, that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you. Just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then it will really be a good day.