Being thankful and expressing gratitude has been likened to a powerful spiritual vitamin. Having an attitude of gratitude as a way of life rewards you with better physical, emotional and mental health. Some of the rewards of this attitude are you will exercise more, sleep better, live longer, have higher incomes and more satisfying relationships.
Does having an attitude of gratitude mean you are happy with everything and everyone all the time? Does it mean you can’t wish things were different or take action to improve circumstances for yourself and others? It certainly doesn’t mean you want to close your eyes to suffering and harmful situations or purposely create them.
Words of gratitude mean that you accept yourself. They mean you open yourself to the present experiences of life even if they are painful or difficult.
“May today there be peace within; may you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.” – Mother Theresa
Mother Theresa spent her life extending gratitude for all of her gifts by way of service to others; giving back to those in the highest level of physical and emotional need.
It is up to us to recognize, embrace and utilize our abundance – every day smiling and sharing our many unique gifts with others. This does not have to be as seemingly extreme as Mother Theresa’s actions – dedicating her life to serving the sick and dying – rather it can be in the simple everyday actions and choices in your own life.
Let me finish this blog with this wonderful word picture of gratitude. Meditate on what it says, then decide to develop an attitude of gratitude for every facet of your life, both good and bad!