Each day comes bearing its own gifts.
Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker
To me, each minute is a ribbon: a uniquely colored, customized, beautifully presented ribbon.
I choose to say *thank you* for this ribbon.
I choose to delight in the wonder that a ribbon even exists and is given to me multiple times in a day.
Even if I’ve avoided, ignored, misused, misplaced my ribbon, another uniquely colored, customized, beautifully presented ribbon is give to me.
Even if I say no thank you I do not want this ribbon, or I think the ribbon is too grand for me, or I think it is perfect for you so I give it to you…even if I am ill tempered or grumpy, broken hearted, disillusioned, or not at my best….*even if* (insert your even if here)…..another uniquely colored, customized, beautifully presented ribbon is given to me.
I don’t do anything to receive the ribbon, it is mine to have, and to do exactly what I wish to do with it.
I don’t have to *be* anything to receive the ribbon, it is mine to have, and to do exactly what I wish to do with it.
There are times my heart wishes I had a certain ribbon, and it is given to me. There are times my heart wishes I had a certain ribbon and it is given to you instead. There are times my heart wishes I had a certain ribbon and I never receive that one at all. At all times, I allow my heart to remain open to wish.
A ribbon may be enjoyed by me individually, or enjoyed with one other person, or a group.
One ribbon may be most unexpected, another ribbon may be expected exactly as it is.
A ribbon may appear to be frayed, or discolored, or ripped; I have learned the ribbon is perfect– it’s my perspective that needs adjusting. I work on learning, healing, and growing so I may see each ribbon as perfect as it is made to be.
Sometimes I know exactly what to do with my ribbon, sometimes I have no idea what to do with my ribbon, but I accept each gratefully and I observe Divine placement of ribbons in my life.
I can look back at my life and see how each ribbon ties into the next to weave the rich tapestry that is my life.
When I have a celebration and loved ones give me a present, I don’t scowl, I don’t criticize it, I don’t throw it on the ground and stomp on it. I smile because I know I am loved, I graciously accept the present, I show it to other people, I say thank you, I write a thank you note about how I will use it in my life.
If I can do that with a material present, how then shall I receive my ribbons? With each ribbon, I shall allow the smile on my face to light my heart, to radiate through my eyes and share that Light with you, because I am loved, *we* are loved and each ribbon reassures me of that. I shall celebrate each ribbon, note how it is perfect for me, and use it in my life. I shall truly be glad for *this* ribbon, and allow gratitude to overflow to enrich my world. I shall breathlessly anticipate the next ribbon, knowing it may be more beautiful than I can ever imagine, and let that beauty color my world, and share that color with you. I shall wrap myself in all of my ribbons and dance joyfully because each ribbon means I am Alive, and I choose to be Alive, most fully.
Kris Allen “Live Like We’re Dying”