I have gratitude for all sentient beings. I accept that life
I am grateful to each object that has touched me today
outside of its own dizzy dance
and altered me, however small, through our interactions.
I am grateful to bacteria for expertly maintaining our environment.
I am grateful to the sun for giving us life and to the ozone atmosphere for keeping it.
I am grateful for water in its endless incarnations.
I am grateful for earth and nature and plants for being our covert teachers through the changes and challenges of life.
I am grateful to animals for their pure existence and their abilities to survive without hateful destruction.
I am thankful for people.
Every human with a struggle, every individual without a clue,
every person doing their best with what they have, every bodhisattva learning,
every twinkling particle of God in its own unique expression of our sameness.
I am thankful for the lessons I’ve learned, the struggles I’ve endured, and the challenges ahead of me.