Slice of Life
Most of the time when I spend a few moments giving thanks, I like to look back through my entire life, to draw from all corners, chapters, continents….you know, life’s entire big picture. But occasionally, I prefer to isolate one moment in time and savor it… go deep with it, explore it, express gratitude for many of the details. Like one slice of great pizza: appreciate the fascinating tomato sauce, enjoy the thick cheese, allow each bite to highlight the various toppings in unique combinations. Try it yourself sometime: spend a few moments with just ONE slice… ONE event… ONE significant moment in your life.
- It could be a time when you made an important decision, give thanks for the people who gave good advice, for the events led up to it, for the wisdom to make the right decision, even for the stress that helped you focus.
- Or a time when you were down and directionless, give thanks for those you encouraged you, who guided you, who inspired you, who continued to believe in you.
- Maybe it’s a time of illness, give thanks for those who cared for you, who healed you, who visited you, even for the medicine and technology.
- It could be a time of illumination and transcendence, give thanks for events that triggered it, authors/leaders/friends that may have inspired it, and the benefit you received from it.
- Or simply a time of rest, restoration, regeneration….a vacation in a special place with special people, give thanks for all the little details that made it so significant.
Feel free to express your gratitude however you feel at the moment: say it, sing it, draw it, write it, walk it or eat it….which leads to an interesting variation…
Variation 1: give thanks silently for a slice of your amazing life the next time you eat a slice of amazing pizza.
Variation 2: this “slice of life” idea can easily transfer to other ways of praying: take a slice of your life and pray a phrase of blessing or intercession on those that come to mind.