It is time for Thanksgiving yet again and even though it is not something I celebrate, a public holiday dedicated to giving thanks is my idea of the very best kind of public holiday. If I ruled the world I would make every country adopt the concept – ha!
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Jean Baptiste Massieu
Seriously though, being and feeling grateful has changed the way I live and look at my life. It gives me a total buzz and every time I say the words ‘I am grateful…’ my heart swells, what’s more I know that the times I have failed or forgotten to be grateful I have experienced the lowest ebbs in my life so now I make sure I cultivate being and feeling grateful in every aspect of my life. When I wake in the morning I go through a mental list of all things I am grateful for, as I walk to the bathroom I am being grateful. I continue being grateful as my day progresses for the different activities I am doing and the people I’m interacting with and at the end of the day before I close my eyes to sleep, I say thank you for the day I have had and for the day that is come.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” Maya Angelou
The more I am grateful the more I find to be grateful for AND I have realised happiness and gratitude are mutually inclusive – you will never be truly happy if you are not grateful and if you are not truly grateful you are not happy.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero
Thank you for reading, please feel free to share what you are grateful for in comments.