"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude"- Gilbert K. ChestertonGratitude is not something I think about often, I am embarrassed to say. I take so many things for granted, and I know many of you are guilty of the same thing. Saturday night I stayed up late and finished reading Jodi Picoult's latest book The Storyteller. I don't care what your personal opinion is of Picoult; I think she is very skilled at weaving tales that transcend time and narrators, and this latest novel was no exception. I'm not going to spoil anything, other than to tell you that there is a Nazi/Holocaust theme throughout.
In college I minored (almost double majored) in Religious Studies, with my concentration being Judaic Studies, so none of the information in the novel was new to me, but it was a great reminder of how blessed and lucky we really are. I was taking a shower Sunday morning and it dawned on me how lucky, how BLESSED, I am to have running water, which led to a long list of things I take for granted instead of with gratitude. It can be a rude awakening.
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Bird Print Button-Up- JC Penney's
How can we have an "attitude of gratitude"? How can we become better people? There's no book to buy or club to join. It's easy to do. It's free. It can change your life. You can write a gratitude letter to someone in your life. You can keep a gratitude journal and statistically be happier than people who don't. Instead of being angry, criticizing or complaining, try being kind, grateful or thankful. This is not an overnight experience. The road to gratitude is long and filled with detours and setbacks. I write this as much to remind myself as to remind you.
It doesn't matter what religion you believe (though all teach gratitude) or if you follow no religion. This is a universal idea. So, let's hear it. What are you grateful for?