Blessed are those who are grateful and content.
Please discuss. How does this play out in life?
I’ll start us out. We all have the following benefits to some degree in our lives—health, money, companionship, shelter, spiritual connection, food and drink, creative outlets, careers, goals, and purpose. Some of us have been gifted in all these areas, some in less, but we all have at least one working for us.
Some of us are discontented and long for more. More of what may not event be clear to us; we may simply feel something is missing. We radiate this sense of lack out into create and get back more of what we project—nothing.
Others of us recognize the gifts we have in life and we may or may not have chosen to consciously feel and express gratitude. If we are overtly thankful, we may have noticed that our thankfulness creates a positive feedback loop. Gratitude gets us more.
The pandemic and its fallout has been a poignant lesson in what we do and don’t have and what is truly important. If we feel relatively healthy, have enough to eat and drink, and have shelter, today is a good day. Companionship, career, creative outlets, and ample funds for the short term are all bonuses.
Today’s message reminds me to count my blessings. I have so much positive going on in my life and it’s helpful to be aware and grateful. My gratitude makes me happier and generates positive feedback to creation.
When I verbally express thanks to others—“Thank you for [fill in the blank].”—I share my happiness with them and help them feel happier and more aware, too. All in all, gratitude is a feel-good practice for all concerned. Regular thankfulness for what I do have and sharing my joy with others will make contentment my constant companion.
How about you? Do you exercise your gratitude muscle regularly?