Day 18: Gratitude
Talk of gratitude is popular around this time of year as Thanksgiving approaches. It’s the time where we take note of both the small things and the big things in our life that are important to us. It’s usually the small things that we overlook until we take inventory, then we see just how important those small things are to us.
It’s an awesome lesson to those of us who have plenty to witness someone who has little but is still grateful for everything they have instead of dwelling on what they don’t have. It’s very humbling. I know I am guilty of immersing my thoughts on what I don’t have in my life when I should be thankful for what I do have. That’s where the first world problems jokes come from, and while we’re recognizing that they’re trivial problems, we’re also laughing at them, too. I know I am.
Over the next few days, I’m going to try to stop worrying about the things that I don’t have and start counting my blessings, including the ones that could be considered small…or I should say ESPECIALLY the small ones.
How do you show gratitude? Are you also guilty of being more concerned with what you don’t have instead of being grateful for what you do have?
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie