This feels like you

by Starla J. King on September 22, 2011

I got an email from a lifelong friend this morning, subject line simply saying “Gratitude” and in the email, a link to Louie Schwartzberg’s “Gratitude” TED talk and the incredible gift of these few words: “This feels like you…”

I was planning to write a blog post on the voice of anger… and instead I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes, chills coursing through my cells, and my heart blown open from Gratitude.

You see, my life’s work is truly about helping others (and myself) find ways to experience the simplicity of life in a way that reveals its depth and beauty … and inspires a spontaneous sharing of that creative spirit.

Which is exactly what this video does.  So I’m sharing it with you… like my friend did with me... because, yes, this feels like you.  THIS is what is within each and every one of us.

Sound like I’ve simply had too much coffee this morning?  Watch the video (posted below), and I bet you will know exactly what I’m talking about. Even if you don’t have the words for it, after watching this video, you will carry something new with you today that matters… and makes a difference.

So please, if you do nothing else for yourself (and the world) today, watch this 10  minute TED talk about nature and gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg, Founder, Blacklight Films:

If you don’t have time to watch it right now, I offer part of the transcript to whet your appetite.  These words are from a weathered old man, speaking about the importance of one day — the most important day — TODAY:

Look at the faces of people you meet… each one has an incredible story behind their face … a story that you could never fully fathom.  Not only their own story but the story of their ancestors.  The heart goes back so far.

…and in this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and so many places throughout the world, flows together and meets you here like life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

I wish you that you would open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you.  That everyone you meet on this today will be blessed by you…  just by your eyes…  by your smile… by your touch.  just by your presence. Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.

photo by starla j king

Yes, this feels like you.  Go share it… go share YOU.

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Zsu Shakti February 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Lovely. Thank you for sharing at least part of the transcript Of Louie Schwertzberg’s Gratitude. Do you happen to have the whole transcript? I would love to have it. Thank you. Zsu Shakti

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Starla J. King February 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hi Zsu — I’m sorry, but I haven’t been able to find the full transcript (although I’d love it!). The partial transcript I shared here I transcribed on my own while listening to the video…

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