Thank You

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JuJu expressing gratitude & joy for Sophie

JuJu expressing gratitude & joy for Sophie

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
Meister Eckhart

I woke up this morning to snow flurries dusting my hometown, Scranton, Pennsylvania, feeling grateful. Feeling grateful for feeling grateful. Gratitude is not my natural state.

I am a naturally glass-half-empty person. In every situation, my eyes and my mind default to criticism, latching on to judgment of what I consider to be wrong. I’m especially brutal when assessing myself. It has taken me decades to realize this strategy does not work.

Simple steps are leading me to a new practice of being grateful for what is, without judgment. I live surrounded by lovely, loving people. I live with the cutest dog in the world. I’m healthy. I have a roof over my head and plenty of food in my kitchen. I am blessed.

Even as I write this, my mind wants to complain, yes, all that’s true, but… I want to point out all the things that are “wrong” with my life. Today, the day after Thanksgiving, I’m resisting that urge. I know that whatever I focus on grows. Continuing to focus on my gratitude will always increase reasons to feel grateful.

 

3 Responses

  1. E. Katherine Kerr

    November 29, 2013 3:22 pm

    I’m not a big holiday person, but I do like a day of Thanksgiving that reminds me to be grateful. I like to thank the millions of people who have gone before me and created all the things that I take for granted: water supply, hot water, furnaces, houses, policemen, firemen, libraries, refrigerators, grocery stores, automobiles, computers, TV, the Internet….Well, you get the idea. I could make an almost endless list of people to thank and things to be grateful for. It’s truly an amazing world full of wonderful things.