- You can clench your fist and say it’s mine or see each sunrise as a gift. -Up and Up (Coldplay)
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful,show appreciation for or to return kindness. Gratitude is counting your blessings that you have in your life and to not take it for granted.
Never take the power of a simplest thankyou for granted. It’s the most simple way of spreading kindness and seeing God’s love for us and proclaim his greatness. There’s a story in Bible:(Jesus healing the leapers)
As Jesus walked by, all 10 cried out for healing. “Go, show yourselves to the priests,” Jesus commanded and as they went, they were healed! Certainly they were all happy, but only one was thankful. Only one came back to Jesus to thank him.
Jesus asked,”Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:17-19
Gratitude is not only for the good things in your life but also for the difficult situations because they make you a stronger and better person and takes you closer to your real self. When you start being thankful consciously a time will come when it becomes your second nature and you can see divine grace everywhere.
Gratitude allows you to be present in this moment and gives you relief from mind’s constant chit- chat of projecting either to the past or making plans for future. It frees you from the stories your mind creates of envy,jealousy, hatred, pride,arrogance and makes you see God’s grace in everywhere, every being, everytime and in all circumstances.
But somedays being grateful seems like climbing Everest. Here are 50 things to be grateful for everyday. You can jot them in your journal,diary,planner or just take a screenshot and go through the list whe you are feeling all time low.
1.Healthy body 2.Food 3.Home 4.Eyes to look at beauty of nature 4.Ears To to listen to melodious voice of birds and soothing music 5. Someone to talk with 6. Sunshine on skin 7.Smell of flowers or any smell you love 8.Books on a rainy day 9. Cup of warm drink in winters 10.Blankets and bed 11. Sunday 12.Smartphone 13.Family 14.Clothes 15.Clean water 16.Laughter 17.Safety 18.Electricity 19.Time to meditate 20.soltitude 21.This website 22.Mother nature 23.Job or Education 24.Challenges that help us grow 25.Breath 26.Life 27.Good memories 28.Flower 29.Chocolates 30.Money to pay bills 31.Sound sleep 32.Starry nights 33.Friends 34.Energy 35.Journal and pen 36.Living in hygienic conditions 37.Living in a nation which gives us the freedom to take our own decision and right to vote 38.Music 39.Earphones 40.Refrigerator 41.A kind heart 42.Inspiring people 43.Passion to do something 44.Something about yourself 45.Trip you loved 46.For this morning 47.Walk in forest or park 48.Resources to do RAK ( Random acts of kindness) 49.Transportation 50.Pet animal or a plant
“To be grateful is to recognise the love of God in everything he has given us and he has given us everything.
Every breath we draw is a gift of his live, every moment of existence is a grace,for it brings with it immense grace from him.
Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted,is never unresponsive,is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of goodness of God.
For the grateful person knows that God is good,not by hearsay but by experience. And this is what makes all the difference.”
– Thomas Merton