I express gratitude in so many ways in my life. That is one of the keys I believe to being fully present in one’s life and experiences; by sharing and expressing gratitude to God, to yourself, to others, and to the Universe, for the lessons that are brought forth.
Sometimes, gratitude is a prayer, a quiet reflection and thought sent forth to God or to the Universe, saying that I understand what is being put before me. Or that I don’t yet have a full understanding, but that I accept that this where I am being led. Or, a prayer of gratefulness and appreciation for the thousands of stars that shine over our home; the health and well being of my family; the ability for us to heat our home and care for ourselves this coming winter……it happens several times a day, every day, when a thought or experience occurs to me that has impacted me greatly. Because I am ever present, much of the time, gratitude finds its way into my routine regularly.
Gratitude other times is an actual, formal expression to someone in my life. A thank you card for a thoughtful gift. A phone call of appreciation for being there for me. A kiss given to my loved ones to say that I am so grateful to have them in my life. A letter written in praise of all of the things that someone has done for me. Gratitude is meant to be felt fully, but it is also meant to be shared with those that it involves; don’t keep all of that good feeling to yourself. Tell those around you that you appreciate them; tell Mother Earth that you are so grateful for what she gives you; tell your supervisor how inspired you feel to do the work that you do, that makes a difference to others… tell God how grateful you are for sight and sound and breath…..
I also have kept, on occasion, a gratitude journal, which others around here have also written about recently, a daily recounting of things that we can be grateful for in our lives, to help us to count our blessings rather than our adversities. There is no denying that many have been subject to such adversity that has not been my own life experience, and I am truly grateful for that. But as Sanityfound is a testament to, I think above any person that I know, is that no matter what hardships and hell we have faced in our lives, there is always something to express gratitude for. Gratitude puts the control back into our own hands; we may be powerless to what others have said to us, or done to us, but by expressing gratitude for our lessons, we take our lives back, to never more be at the hands of another. We are free.
I think that the most significant way that I express my gratitude these days in my life, is by blogging. My writing here is a reflection of all that is present in my life, that I feel so peaceful and contented about. It is about the lessons that I have learned, and the hope that they may help another human being along the way. It is about finding other like minded people, and connecting on a very basic, loving and human level. And, it is about living my life as fully and freely as possible. Because, if we look at it just a bit differently, or for some of us, not differently at all, by living our lives as fully as we can, we are shouting our gratitude to others and to the heavens, thanking the Universe for the life that we have been given, and showing our appreciation by not wasting it.
Don’t waste a moment of it, be grateful for all of it that you can, and show that gratitude by jumping in and enjoying every bite out of life there is.
I would like to express my formal gratitude to some very specific readers who are loyal and come back day after day, and whose words have also moved and inspired me….
And for those of you that I am still getting to know….
Thank you, for all that you do to enhance and enlighten my existence……