On the first of the year, I noticed that an e-course was being offered focusing on the writings of Brother David Steindl-Rast (the co-founder of gratefulness.org) and it seemed like a sign -- a new year, a new class and a focus on gratitude. I'm all over it. And so I began a 40 day journey...
Day 9 asked the question: Who has been your gratefulness mentor? It got me thinking and it is in large part what got this blog started. Here is my answer:
It was one of those moments that just crystallizes everything. Patrick had the ability and the spirit to acknowledge the blessing of paths crossing, no matter how weakened he was. He was my guide and my hero through my darkest days.
Today, Patrick is healthy and living a life filled with gratitude. Whenever anyone comes in, he acknowledges them, his level of compassion for others, his example of seeing the beautiful in the ordinary and his ability to be enthusiastic and effervescent daily guide me through just as he did long ago.
I am grateful beyond measure that he has graced my life and know that he has been my dearest and most important teacher in almost all parts of living but especially in living with a grateful heart."