“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
The definition of gratitude is a feeling of being thankful and appreciative.
Gratitude is so important for us to be hopeful and happy in our lives. It gives us the ability to not worry about trivial things and be confident about our future. It is a spiritual blessing when we are thankful for what God has provided for us and that we praise God for the blessings in our lives.
We all take things for granted. For many years, I was complacent in expressing gratitude about my job, my healthy family and our ability to support ourselves and not to have to put our kids in daycare.
Now that two of my daughter’s are adults, and the youngest two in high school, I am so grateful for the ability to have raised our kids and for them to be smart, strong and competent women! It is so comforting.
I have so many things in my life that I am grateful for. The flexibility of my job, of having a comfortable home, a loving husband, great kids and supportive friends. This past year was a challenge, as my husband was diagnosed with small bowel cancer in April 2019. He was so strong through chemotherapy treatments, and most days went to work after his treatment. I worked from the Cancer Center. I prayed that we could sustain our hope and busy lives. And we did. We are blessed.
I encourage you to make a list of the things you are grateful for. Ask a friend or family member to make a list. Share your list. Ask your guests at Thanksgiving to bring their list.
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher