Are You Lacking in Gratitude?
As we get older we spend more time reflecting on our youth. We think about the people and events which have had the most impact on what we’ve done, and who we’ve become.
Inevitably, we reflect on things our parents used to say, some of which were often-repeated pieces of advice. At least some of the time, we appeared to be listening, although our minds may have been somewhere else. At other times, it was apparent we weren’t listening at all, especially during teenage years.
Somehow, in later years we hear these words of advice replayed to us, again and again. Even though we didn’t seem to be paying attention at the time, it turns out that we absorbed the advice like a sponge takes in water. The message sunk in after all.
One example I have been thinking about lately is an outlook on life which my dear late Father used to advocate. He called it “an attitude of gratitude”, which essentially means starting each day being grateful for the good things in your life, and making the best of the not-so-good ones. The alternative is to dwell on your bad luck, less than ideal circumstances, etc., and slip into a mentality of complaining and excuse-making.
Greed is the enemy of gratitude. It saps the positive energy which gratitude can foster, and unleashes blind selfishness which undermines self-improvement and teamwork.
It’s easy to forget that an attitude of gratitude is a choice we make. The same is true of greed. It’s all around us, yet the choices are up to us.
No matter how rough and tumble the challenges which life throws in our path, there are always people nearby with problems much more vexing than our own. Recognition of this helps us achieve a more balanced and positive outlook.
Medical doctors experienced in dealing with life-threatening illness cite ample evidence that patients with a positive outlook generally have a higher prospect of survival and cure than those who are preoccupied with the negative.
I’m grateful, therefore, for my Dad’s advice about gratitude. It has served me well. And yet, I need reminders from time to time. We all do.
Here is a selection of quotable quotes on the subject of gratitude to help remind us of its importance in our lives and work.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”– Brian Tracy
“I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful – for all of it.” — Kristin Armstrong
“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” — Wayne Dyer
“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”– Gilbert K. Chesterton
(For the quotable quotes above, thanks to: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes)
In conclusion, one thing is for sure. An attitude of gratitude is a winning ticket.
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