Meaning : Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a positive emotion or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive (Wikipedia)
These few weeks I have been looking at life with different eyes. I have been looking at the past and seeing what I really had and what I have now. Do you do that? Do you sometimes have a life review? What you have had in the past? What you have now? And what your dreams and goals are for the future? Now you’re saying what has this got to do with gratitude? Well it has everything to do with it. For example do you not look back at your life and think goodness I’m so happy to have learned from the past lessons that have come to me because they have made me into the person that I am now? If you do that’s gratitude. Do you get up every morning and truly look at your life and say that you’re happy to be live, happy for all the people in it, happy to be WHO you are? Then that is gratitude.
And if you look towards your future with hope and love and the determination to conquer what ever negativity comes knocking on your door, to live for the positive things in life and to BELIEVE that your dreams and goals will be fulfilled then that is gratitude.
I saw a programme a few years ago where a disabled person was being interviewed along side an able bodied person and they listed the things that they were grateful for, it amazed me that the disabled person named far more substantial things than the able bodied person, things that were took for granted by us all, such as the ability to get up out of bed in a morning, the blessing of another day to just be alive, the singing of the birds at dawn and the ability to make a change to another person’s life even through their own disability. That profoundly moved me. I also see the gratitude on my sister’s face when she gets the slightest bit of good news from the cancer specialist. That also moves me.
It’s important to have that gratitude for all things and everything in your life, past, present and future, for every breath you take, even to the slightest of things that make you or someone else happy. Gratitude brings a sense of peace, positivity and love into your life.
Whenever I am low or feel sorry for myself I think of the things that I have that no one else has, just the simple things in life that make my life worth living and then the ‘gratitude’ kicks in.
So take my advice if you will. Be grateful for ALL things, ALL lessons that come your way for these are TRUE BLESSINGS.
And take time to listen to the dawn Corus sometimes and be grateful that you can…..
Here a few quotes that touch me every time I read them
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Im grateful to have you all in my life and thank you for reading my words…
Until next time….
Mandy x x