Gratitude revisited

Gratitude. I talk about the topic…a lot. Why? It’s is extremely important to me.

I’m not perfect. There are numerous times I failed to show my gratefulness for things done for me, given to me or when others thought of me or my family. heck, I’ve even been downright rude intentionally a time or two or ignored someone purely out of anger or spite. I’m not proud of it. Some things I wish I could change. Honestly though, others I wouldn’t. There have been times when statements needed to be made and I did so whether it was the right thing to do or not, because nothing else was working.

The point of all this is that gratitude is so much more important than most people realize. You should strive to be a giver, not taker. Giving doesn’t have to be monetary or physical. You can give of your time, your mind, your ears for listening or your words in encouraging and praising. If everyone gave a bit more there would be more to “receive.” You notice I did not say “take.” For every person willing to “give” an ear to listen there would be a person “receiving” their comfort, not “taking” it.

With the holidays right around the corner people start to think of these things more…I think about them all the time. I wish there was more I could do without it being a sacrifice to my family or becoming so jaded by the “users” that I want to just hide so they’ll leave me alone and I won’t have to face the selfishness. It is a very delicate balance.

It’s important to remember that gratitude is taught. Either by parents/guardians or through life experiences in which a person begins to really understand and appreciate the value of another human being’s generosity.

It often seems that people only consider these ideas at Thanksgiving. That is such a shame. Thanksgiving is and for as long as I can remember, has always been my favorite holiday. Perhaps because the concept of it and the spirit remain forever in my heart.

My hope for you is that you will remember to find the gratitude in your own heart and share it with another.

We only have but “A Life.”