“The root of joy is gratefulness…It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
– Brother David Steinal-Rast
During this Thanksgiving week I have been doing a lot of thinking and feeling about Gratitude. A lot people think Gratitude is just some nice little thing for school kids, being polite and more akin to rainbows and unicorns rather than getting things manifested in the world. I have a much different take on Gratitude and Appreciation. In fact, I believe them to be some of the simplest, most profound Super Powers available to us as human beings. It’s right up there with Peace, Love, Compassion, Forgiveness and the like. However, the aforementioned list all come with some extra levels of depth and understanding to really apply them in our lives. Alas, Gratitude is as simple as they come. It can help your life, your relationships, your business, your stress level, your abundance capacity, your health and most certainly your happiness.
It is the simplest way that I have found to be in tune with the Universe, it’s easier than calming the mind, or being at peace, or being loving. We can simply appreciate what we have been given, whether that be love, a gift, a hug, a house, a job, a kindness, a healthy body, a family, a friend, a lover, a partner, a child’s laugh, a precious moment with a puppy, quality time with your bff, the opportunity to hear your favorite music, see the something beautiful in nature, an exercise high, whatever it is that floats your boat!
It’s really that simple. It will change your life. It’s changed mine radically. I will never go back to taking things for granted. Life is too short not to be grateful. Every single day can be a day of gratefulness, why deprive yourself of its riches? Just listen to Thoreau, he knew a thing or 2 about life…
I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual…
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
– Henry David Thoreau