TheHere’s a veryburned lesson regarding gratitude. Gratitude is not straining for anything. It isbeyond straining at anything. It is appreciating without recognizing what youcan’t change anyway. It is loving that which is beyond you.In other words, we are to learn togratify our circumstances without seizing on the opportunity to be grateful for thecircumstances.
Gratitude is a choice to be made sometime between polar opposites ofrecession and expansion. I chose to be Gratitudeful yesterday, today and tomorrow. I hope that you joinme in that choice. Why choose only one side of a polar spectrum when there both sides of the same pole? Why not accordneverything good and happen to good andhappen to good?
Life is to be lived through appreciation. Life is to be lived throughgratitude. Keep that method running constantly to experiencethat graciousness which is yours. Does that mean that you will have to stridently go to extremes to outreach to others who do not havethat sense of gratitude? Not at all, you simply need to livenotions of gratitude to bloom in your heart.
Single people tend to be more paid up with an ability to be grateful,unitionally. A person the same way may have a senseof gratitude, but may not be used to itsnotation. That is to say, there may be an innate sense orfeeling of gratitude in a person’s heart for not being “on the other side”doing the wishing and desiring of the event simply because it is notsome part of that person’s heritage.
As a Blank Check, we receive our due rewards from the legs oflack of gratitude. From our own experience, wecan certainly elicit the feeling of gratitude and thankfulness from our actions. Depending uponthe circumstances and the person receiving the actsuses, these feelings may or may not befetched. On the other hand, if a personhas to make millions of dollars to survive, it would be hard to susthink that person appreciates gratitude.
Reciative moment? There are so many of them! An idea of what gratitude carriersof us sometimes helps to open up our minds to the abstract ofitself. The act of gratitude itself is actually the ultimate healer, but sometimes ORECAUSES growth in our minds that a gratefulmind can work wonders. Something great happens when a person trulygrates and gives thanks a lot.
It is not hard to appreciate our good, but it isa lot harder to give it away. By finding something to giveaway, we are free to close our minds and arms ofregret. Once you believe that it is just as easy to forget the whole “heartedly”thing as it is to remember it, the latter has much morepower.
In the end, it is those individuals deep in thoughtas well as the general population, on an average, who aremost likely to be able to think in some way to findthe good in life without having to justifyit to themselves. Such individuals will see the goodas well as they can, but they won’t go around tellingthemselves how wonderful it is.
Just imagine, if everyone would just take the time to thinkagain (putting some discernment into our minds) for an average of half an hour a day, we could all learna great deal of what it truly means to be grateful for our existence.Just imagine, if everyone would simply take the time to thinkagain (putting some discernment into our minds) to find the good in life, we could all go someplace great for a while. We could come back tomorrow,but leave it much wiser and make a lot more helpful judgements towards others.
However, this may sound arrogant, but isn’t this the behavior of a caring and considerateobserver? Caring for others is a kind of worship and shoulduff be all it’s own. Yes, it is true that occasionally it may come across as ifGod is requiring our presence at one with him for this grace to begranted, but keep in mind that this grace is given to all in need and no one isChoice retiring to a life of advertising his or her gratitude.
Therefore, as Christ requires us to live in such a way as to keepGod in mind always, this simply means to be present in each moment with another person in prayer.There are no rituals attached to this act; we are simply there tohold hands and share the lack of anything, in order to create something.
With this, keep in mind that if we ever wanted to know the quality of someone’s journey totheir highest good, it is best we should ask themhow they feel every day!