The Discipline of Gratitude

At any given moment, your either ungrateful or grateful. One of the curses of living in such a fast-paced society is that we tend to take things for granted. We overlook everyday blessings, oblivious to the fact that life itself is a gift. And if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves rushing through each day, less and less grateful, which is no way to live.

Thank You

The sickness of ingratitude creeps into our lives slowly and inconspicuously. It manifests in subtle ways, like a feeling of offense when the person ahead of you in line takes her sweet time.

It grows in us as we believe the thoughts that pop into our head: “I don’t deserve this” and “This is a waste of my time.”

It creeps up on you when your living in auto-pilot, zombie or robot like.

Remembering to be grateful

When we forget to be grateful for the less-than-extraordinary times, we forget to be grateful, period.

Beauty and goodness are all around us; we just need eyes to see them


Challenge: Give thanks

Today, try saying “thank you” — for everything. Say it to your spouse who is always there, Say it to the waitress who moves too slow. Say it to your co-worker who steals your parking spot, Say it to God for every inconvenience that causes you to grow.

Say “thank you.” Don’t just think it or tell it to yourself. Actually speak the words, and mean them.

Be grateful for the moments that slow you down, the ones that cause you to take your time. Use these opportunities to appreciate what you already have and tend to miss.

As you do, see how much better life looks, and actually is, when you approach it with gratitude.

I love you ❤ .

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