Vinita Hampton Wright leads a summer reflection, asking us what we’ll remember about this summer day in the future. Her questions help us to focus on what’s important and to pay attention to the details of living.
“For all that you’ve given me, L-rd, I say ‘Thanks.’ For all that you’ve taken away, L-rd, I say ‘Thanks.’ And for all that I have left–and I have so much left–for these things I say ‘Thanks.’ ” I heard this prayer decades ago at a 12-step meeting from some nameless drunk who had gotten out of a rehab a few days earlier. It went through me like the proverbial lazer beam. I have never discovered the name of the author. A 12-step friend tells me it’s Thomas Merton but I have no corroboration. Pax vobiscum.
How much I needed to receive this video link.! I recently got caught up in a computer scam, and although I have taken all the necessary steps to block it , I am having difficulty moving forward. Then I heard Vinita say: ” Twenty years from now … What worries will seem, in retrospect, not worth worrying about?”
Thank you, Vinita, for those words. They were what I needed to hear, and I will try to own them when the worries of this past week surface .