Attitude of Gratitude
After months of planning and hard work, I finally have the opportunity and privilege to share this endeavor with all who may be interested. As I write this, I feel a deep humility along with a profound sense of gratitude, which is ever-present in my daily life.
Gratitude – it is a simple word with many manifestations and many interpretations. Gratitude is present in the simple heartfelt thank-you, the soul-stirring sense of humility and oneness, and in every aspect of daily life, if we are open to experiencing it. On a personal level, I am grateful for all the opportunities, lessons, blessings, challenges, and obstacles I have encountered. Yes, I even feel gratitude for those events that could be perceived as negative, because within them lie the greatest potential for spiritual growth. As I look back upon my life, I realize that the darkest days ultimately led to the brightest tomorrows. What a liberating insight! That new perspective, when it finally sank in, changed everything for me, and re-shaped my view of life. And, at the core of this perspective is, of course, Gratitude. It is a fundamental component of my essential self, and is a guiding light during those darkest days.
As I embark on this journey, I welcome your thoughts on gratitude and its place in your life. For me, the following quote from Brother David Steindl-Rast, an Austrian-American author and Benedictine monk, beautifully conveys my thoughts on living in gratitude.
“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
Thank you for the opportunity to share my journey with you, and I look forward to sharing yours as well.