The web defines gratitude as “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” Thanksgiving is the only day of the year that we are reminded to and culturally practice giving thanks for our families, our friends, and all that we have.
Yet gratitude should not be a one day event. It is not meant to be seen and heard prominently so that others notice. Its quality lies in being interwoven in our daily interactions. It is related more to how we view the world rather than what we say.
There is a patience and an optimism in gratitude. Of always being grateful for what we are presented with — including our struggles. Knowing that they are present to help make us stronger and sharper.
An aspect of gratitude is the humility with which we view others. That they are important in our lives. Our actions show our patience and respect for others. Understanding that their presence in our lives makes us more complete than we would be without them.
Kindness towards others is gentle and not boastful. When gratitude is present, our ego rests giving others the spotlight by acknowledging their importance in our lives. For the way they helped us. For being there when needed. Where now, it is our turn to make them feel good by helping them and being there for them.
Life at its core is about connection. Reflections on this bring about an awareness of simple things that we should be thankful for. Our next breath which allows us to continue our journey in life. A gentle hug when we feel down. Laughter, when with others, to lighten our burden. Feeling a part of something bigger than ourselves that makes us feel alive.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. But remember, you need to celebrate the other 364 days of the year with a deeper gratitude that will help bring you peace and joy to each of your days.
PS. Thanks for reading my blog. It means a lot to me. While I can’t easily show my gratitude, it is writing regularly and sharing it with you that brings me great joy. Hope you enjoy your day!