"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." - Albert Schweitzer.
Gratitude, like any practice, is one where the more you do it, the more the feeling of it deepens, and the more often you find yourself stopping to acknowledge all that has been provided for you.
Deepest gratitude for my beautiful new friend Irie Soul for hosting an evening bonfire by the waterfront recently. What I learned most in looking around me at the faces who felt like family but whom I had only known for a few weeks or a few hours was that community is KEY in any transformation. We try to do and to process and to create everything ourselves, but it's hard. We can doubt ourselves. We can feel isolated.
I've been playing a lot with the idea of "tribe 2.0" - meaning how to create community in our modern society like our ancestors did. One where we could support and rise up together, and where a whole community of people as opposed to one or two know your dreams, what you're struggling with and where you're succeeding and are there to help and support you through it.
Because sometimes our light will dwindle - it'll waver and we might even fear it'll blow out all together - until another comes to ignite the fire in us.
Sometimes we give light - sometimes we receive light. Being able to do both is where the magic comes in - where you can't help but feel totally supported and held by the entire universe.