Throughout autumn and the holiday season, people tend to focus more on trying to live with a grateful heart and recognize reasons to be thankful. Amidst a myriad of differences, significant global changes, national uncertainty, and even a pandemic, humankind finds ways to be more grateful and show kindness during this season more than other times during the year. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a simple way to for us all to be more aware of what we have, instead of lamenting what we don’t or complaining about what we mistakenly feel entitled to?
In Finding Tir Na Nog, Reilly and Norah go through a portal to Zora, where they meet Flavio Xanthipee.
“Flavio’s lower body and four legs were that of a horse, with a long tail of thick golden threads. His torso was that of a man with a smooth bare chest and a pale jasmine color.”
The creature takes them to the Well of Infused Light where they discover the secret to finding hope in each moment.
“Do not resist what is,” Flavio Xanthipee implored. “What you resist will continue to scorn you, haunt and plague you—until you find the golden thread woven into it. Look again.” Flavior Xanthipee took a step forward and nudged Reilly from behind. Although Reilly had felt great anticipation moments before, he was now equally gripped with fear.
“Move away from the resistance—into hope,” the horseman said.
“How?” Reilly cried out.
“Find a reason to be grateful for the moment.”
Flooded with grief and sadness, Reilly and Norah both struggle with the concept of gratitude, especially during a time when they face many unanswered questions. But Flavio persists.
“Your collective gratitude offers answers to the questions locked inside of you, but which can only be revealed upon your asking,” Flavio Xanthipee said. “Look for the good that emerges out of difficulties, challenges and sorrow, and you will always find reasons to be grateful. Gratitude dispels the gloom of any dark moment and opens our hearts to hope.”
Still not convinced that they have the strength to live with gratitude, the creature gives Reilly and Norah a gift, which then goes with them home back through the portal.
“Welcoming whatever comes is a rare thread of gratitude woven only into open hearts and minds.” Flavio Xanthipee swept his tail up to his torso and held it in his hands. He pulled gently on two thick strands of golden hair and held them up to the sunlight. “Give me your wrists.”
Reilly and Norah held out their left arms. Flavio Xanthipee wrapped the threads around their wrists and tied them securely. “If you find yourself empty with ingratitude, these golden threads will help you shift focus.”
As a practical way to recognize and feel gratitude in and for any situation or circumstance, set a notification on your phone to chime on the hour, or certain times throughout the day. Then take a few moments to replace resistance with gratitude.