True gratitude doesn't come from saying 'thank you' rotely, or saying we appreciate something.
But, being grateful for something is an action. An acknowledgement of what you are happy that you have.
The dictionary says that 'Grateful' is a feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankfulness.
What are you grateful for?
Sometimes it is difficult to articulate, or show our feelings of thankfulness and appreciation. Sometimes it is easy. If you know the person. But how often do we express gratitude or thankfulness to others that you don't really know. Those that have an impact on your life even if just a small one. The person who goes out of their way to make sure your coffee is just right. The person who complimented you on something of small importance. That random person who opens the door for you or the greeter at the grocery store? These people make a difference if you stop to think about it. Problematically, they become part of the wallpaper of life. We don't notice these things because we are busy, rushed or just simply not focused on being where we are in the moment.
What would it take to be here, in the moment... from moment to moment and show simple gratitude?
Do you notice gratitude when you feel it?
I have this overwhelming feeling of gratitude when I look outside and see a beautiful landscape or sunset. Cliche maybe. But it is true. It fills my heart with wonder and thankfulness that I have the opportunity to see such beauty. I have had many experiences like that in my life. I try to take pictures of those things, but they never seem to do those views justice.
I have also had the opportunity of spending special time with family and friends. I have such a great warmth when I look out at the scene of those that I love and can't help but feel gratitude for the time we are spending together in that moment.
When I go back to my life, I begin to loose my focus on gratitude that shortly before filled me up. I wonder why that happens?
I would love to hold on to that feeling all the time. I will look to see what it will take to do so in my future.
What will you do to hold onto that wonderful feeling of deep gratitude that has the power to fill your heart?