The beautiful quote about gratitude by Melodie Beattie inspired today’s blog. She said:
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
After reading the quote I started to reflect on what I’m grateful for. I realized that I don’t spend enough time being grateful for all that is good in my life. We tend to focus on the obstacles, difficulties and things that are not working out as we planned. Instead of focusing our energy to give thanks.
When we say ‘thank you’ we let the other person know that we appreciate him or her, that what they did was good enough. This gesture connects people. It creates a positive energy that motivates us to be kinder, happier and more forgiving to others (and ourselves).
What are you grateful for? I want to challenge you to take some time this week to write down the things that you are grateful for and to express gratitude to others.