My gift of gratitude
At the beginning of the year, I was on Step 202 of Steps to Knowledge. Today, I am on Step 320. I had only done 98 steps between October 2012 and October 2013, so I would like to think this is an improvement.
I am grateful to Marshall Vian Summers, his family, and his associates for the many efforts they have made to make Steps to Knowledge and its related materials available to the world.
I am grateful for my fellow students of Steps to Knowledge. You can meet a few of them here. I have met a number of these people in person.
Someone reading this is thinking “But Douglas, what has this quest accomplished for you?” I believe I’m suffering a lot less over the things in the past that didn’t go as planned. Why? Because I’m taking my own medicine about idealism and judgment. I believe I’m using the phrase “That is a possibility…” more, and using the phrases “That’s wrong…” or “That’s just pure evil…” less. I’d like to believe I’m a little bit less opinion-possessed, and a little more open to not believing everything I think.
At the beginning of this year, I was blogging on Step 5, “I believe what I want to believe.” I recently blogged on Step 67, “I do not know what I want for the world.” Some people have made some nice comments. It definitely has been helpful for me to write about the Steps. It has caused me to think things I haven’t thought before.
I have great gratitude for Alisa’s contributions to Ascending Knowledge. I don’t have the money right now to hire a marching band to perform at half-time at the World Cup Final, and spell out “THANK YOU ALISA!” in big block letters, but maybe you can see the picture in your mind’s eye.
As I offer my gift of gratitude, I recall the words of Dag Hammarskjöld: “For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes!”
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