Joy and gratitude are central elements of all spiritual traditions. We can feed that which survives death by building gratitude and finding divinity in ordinary life. It is risky to be vulnerable and to accept a gift since this puts us in touch with our interdependence. Over time, we may come to recognize the way that loss and struggle have brought us to be who we have become. Debbie is an advocate for the wisdom of community, an early-childhood educator, and a mother who has led workshops on conscious parenting. She is author of Widening the Circle: Inspiration & Guidance for Community Living.