Each New Day Filled With Gratitude

November 2, 2017

Have you ever heard the phrase, “There’s light at the end of the tunnel”?  I think it may be an American expression but I suspect there are similar phrases in many other languages. For my international readers, and speakers of English as a foreign language, here in the U.S. we primarily use it to console someone who is experiencing difficulty in one form or another. Mostly, it’s endearing and meant in a supportive way to comfort the person. Things will get better.

There is a contrary derivation of that phrase that can be interpreted as a dire warning or in a humorous way – or ill-humored depending on the person and situation. It goes like this: “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s a train!”

Short interpretation: You got trouble comin’, buddy!

I surmise every human being on this planet has experienced “the train” at one point or another. Unfortunately, given some of the places I have worked (Afghanistan, Rakhine State Myanmar, the Thai/Myanmar border, to name a few) and the people I have striven to help, “the train” is ever-present in their lives. Another story; another time. This past year and a half have been a challenge for me. Let me repeat the key word in that last sentence: C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-E. That light at the end of the tunnel HAS been a train all-too-often, and it has been heading in my direction frequently. This post is not about trains or lights at the end of tunnels, however. Hmmm, or is it? Certainly, they are integral elements of the message I really intend to impart. The key word here is:


As I reflect in these challenging times, the greatest spiritual, personal, and professional growth I have experienced in my life has come through some of the greatest adversity. And when I look back on those times and examine my current circumstances I am filled with gratitude! The Universe, God, Spirit, Angel, Mother Earth – call it what you want – presents us with gifts both big and small each day (we only must be observant) that enable our growth and contribute to our happiness and fulfillment.

This morning, I received this gift – and many more – that filled my heart with immense gratitude for where I live and all the love that surrounds me each and every day:

This is sunrise and fog at Pleasant Valley. Yes, that’s really its name. This is where I ended up after an early morning jog a mile down my dirt road with a short detour into a small apple orchard. And for the photographers visiting this site, no fancy Nikon camera here, just an iPhone pulled from my vest pocket.

Be grateful.

And tell someone in your life every day that you love them.

Gracias por me vida!

Sending love and blessings to all of you!



All content copyrighted © Stephen Tavella



4 thoughts on “Each New Day Filled With Gratitude

  1. Well said, life itself is beautiful. The perfection and balance of everything. We are just starting the era of Time of no Time. We hHave to see that as a chance and have compassion for every living thing’s, the planet is suffering but life is stronger than man and love is stronger than any government or corporations.

  2. Thanks Steve and timely expressed.
    Mother pass on just a few days ago. Nothing could be more revealing in the presence of Love and Gratitude celebrating a life pass and new growth that comes. In Peace…

    • Mike, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I have the sweetest memories of all the times your parents let us hang out at your place. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

      Come visit my humble abode sometime. You are always welcome and it would be so good to see you!

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