BY DARA KURTZ
Gratitude – noun – “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”
It sounds simple enough. Living it, well, that’s a different story.
I’ve always been a thankful person. I have good manners. I am appreciative when someone does something nice for me, and I’ve taught my kids to do the same. But, just because we’re polite doesn’t necessary mean we live with gratitude.
Not at all.
It’s the season of thanks. The time of year when we stop and maybe open our eyes to the blessings that surround us. Toss in some gratitude when you sit around the table this year. Don’t just pass the turkey and gravy, maybe pass the thanks as well. Count your blessings and teach your kids to do the same.
That doesn’t mean your life is perfect or that you’re happy with all the choices you’ve made. It means regardless of what you’re dealing with in your life; you recognize the many gifts you’re fortunate enough to have. You appreciate them and don’t take them for granted.
How many times have we heard someone say, “I didn’t know what I had until it was gone.”
Why is this? Why don’t we take account of what we have when it’s right in front of us? Why do we have to lose someone or something before we fully recognize how lucky we were to actually have it or them in the first place? Is it because we’re too consumed with the details of life? Are we too busy to take the time to really open our eyes to see what’s in front of us?
I hope not. But, it’s easy to do.
We get caught up in the normal chaos of our lives. We don’t stop to look around us, at all that we have, unless something happens that forces us to do so. Make the conscious decision to open your eyes and really see what’s in front of you. Be thankful for being alive. You might not like everything about your situation, but I can promise you, there are blessings in your life now, regardless of whatever is going on.
Living with gratitude can be the difference between living in black and white versus living in color. It will make your life richer, brighter and more vivid. Take the time to see the true blessings that surround you every day and to fully appreciate each day for what it is. This will add a quality to your life you didn’t know could exist.
I don’t know about you, but I choose to live in color, always.
Find meaning each day,
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