The greatest joy you will ever receive is from being “grateful”, showing your gratitude towards life. In fact, gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. I have learned (through my personal experiences and more) that no amount of money or fame can give you the fullfillness that being grateful can bring to you. It turns what we have into enough and more, it turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts and failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing and mistakes into important events.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow – Melodie Beattie.
So here I am once again, sitting on my table as the year is ending. Just one more day to go. As I look back to see what and who am I thankful for, I see that the biggest thank must go to God and my mother for standing by me through thick and thin. God for showing me the right path and teaching me a lesson when I needed to and my mom for comforting me in difficult times and making me believe that everything would be alright. And Stella my dog who shows me every day what unconditional love is.
My mother is a spiritual person. She brings grace and a thirst for the divine into our family. I am thankful for that.
What does it mean to be grateful or what does gratitude mean?
For the longest time, I just could not understand the real meaning of gratitude but now I do. Gratitude is defined as being thankful, appreciative and having an inclination to return the kindness.
If you just take a moment, shut down everything and count your blessings, you will turn your mind to what you have and not what you are missing. Being in a state of gratefulness enhances our mood and it feels really good. When you live in gratitude, the universe responds in kind and gives you kindness back.
Living such life is called living consciously and with appreciation. Jobs come and go, money comes and goes, friends come and go but behind all that there is always a reason and if you do good, good will come back to you.
Don’t forget to count your blessings –
It is a busy world and we sometimes forget to count our blessings but if we do, it will increase appreciation for life itself. When we are in that state, life looks different in a very positive way. You begin to see miracles in everyday events and you begin to give thanks.
Cultivating this habit is like developing any good habit. It takes time and practice. If you already have the habit of prayer or meditation, then adding a few moments of thanks should not be a problem. If you do not have this discipline, then just try – before going to bed, say to yourself what you are grateful for. It will ease you out because it will remind you of all the good things that have happened to you. You will then get a peaceful sleep.
To quote Albert Schweitzer – “To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted but to always seek out and value the kindness that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a wall for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
Saying thank you acknowledges to the others our awareness and thanks for what they have done. Saying thank you completes the circle of appreciation.
In conclusion –
Now the year is ending and a big circle is coming to a close. It’s now about time we sit and reflect. A time to look back and find instances and events where we have made a positive impact on someone else’s life. Events which have been of utmost discomfort but it was only for our greater good and we learned from it. All the difficult experiences which taught us to fight and come out of the storm stronger than ever.
I would like to end this post by quoting Buddha – “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we did not learn a lot today, at least we learned a little and if we did not learn a little, at least we did not get sick and if we got sick, at least we did not die; so, let us all be thankful.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year (2018)
Prashant Priyadarshi (I am on Instagram in case you want to follow)