“Living in Gratitude”
The word “gratitude” has a simple definition but powerful words. According to the dictionary, it reads, “the quality of being thankful; and to show appreciation.” If you read the story in my book, “Living in Gratitude”, you will notice when my mother’s teachings of “gratitude” made an impression on me. I was very young, but it stuck with me, as an essential aspect of everyday living.
I remember years ago reading about keeping a “Gratitude Journal.” At first, I wasn’t very enthused but soon found making a list of my blessings was fun. I discovered it is beneficial to see the words on paper. Of course, I have my moments when I complain and get off track, but I still have the desire to count my blessings. “Sandra, think of all the children who do not have enough food to eat each day. We need to be thankful for this food.” Yes, that reminder still stays with me.
Today we are living through a pandemic, and life can often feel upside down. What if we showed more gratitude toward others in the face of adversity? What if we replaced bashing and bullying with being more caring, bringing out the best in ourselves and others? What if we made a list each day, long or short of our many blessings? What if “Living in Gratitude” helped to change the world?
What memories do you have, about being taught to be thankful, and saying “thank you?” What are you most grateful for today?