…early in the morning I sat in the open window and just could not shush the overflowing wave of deepest, most humble gratitude. Words of thankfulness just flew through me, and then he came. Whenever I am connected animals come to me. When I speak to my students via Skype their cats and dogs crowd by the computer screens, when I am calm, horses come to me. I always find the deepest connection through the most simple, honest and humble feeling. Gratitude. In my life I only asked God once for something. I was 10 and my newly born sister had a surgery without which she could not stay alive. I asked God to keep her with us. To let her stay with us a bit longer. I never asked for anything again, I only thanked. And the more I thanked, the more I saw how much I have to be grateful for. Some things in my life came to me causing pain and sorrow. Later, I understood that it was never their nature that hurt me, but my perception. It was their disguise that I paid too much attention to, instead of trusting and allowing their nature to show me the way. Some other things in my Life came in a pure and beautiful form. They had beautiful outfits. It was easy to be thankful for them. It was easy to say: I am grateful. Later I understood that no matter how I see things, I should be equally grateful for all of them, because in their essence they bring the same blessing. They guide me in my Life, they show me the way. And the more thankful I am, the easier and more obviously I see the path. I see that I am always guided. And for this guidance I want to thank. Humbly, and simply, by saying “Thank you, Life”.