Monday, January 26, 2015

The Power of Gratitude

The Astonishing Power of Gratitude

I’ve written about gratitude many times before, and I hope to keep on keeping on.

Gratitude should have been a verb. Maybe then we would come to fully understand the power it has over any transaction.

“Today, I’ll be gradituding for my parents,” or “Yesterday, I went to gratitude at the homeless shelter.”

If we understood that by simply giving thanks for what is and will be, then we could see that we are sending out a message to the Universe that what we truly appreciate is what we’d like to create in the world around us.

Gratitude is powerful.

In it and through it we find the key for unlocking our purpose and potential.

I’d like you to spend the day in gratitude, or gradituding.

Give thanks for your family, your home, your looks, your friends, your children and all children. Give thanks for the elders and the elderly, thanks for all teachers and health care providers. Be thankful for those whose minds have captured the ideas that we text, tweet, write and imagine with. Give thanks for the soldier, the salesperson, the doctor, and Indian Chief. While you’re at it, give thanks for the entire race of folks who cradled this land, and for those who literally slaved in the sun and fields and left us a legacy we fail to be grateful for. Give thanks for your parents and for the wisdom bearers, for the writers whose hearts are wrenched open every time they pick up a pen. Give thanks for water and sustenance, for cooks and all who feed you in body and soul; for ministers and nuns, for ambassadors and words, for the languages we speak. Give thanks for thought and the ability to think, for reading and writing and counting and such. Give thanks for the furniture and the animals and the ones we call pets. Give thanks for flowers and artists and all who create, for the trash collector and the inventor of things.

Give thanks for love. And as you think on all of this, realize that the list should and could be much longer and yet we have failed to do the simplest and yet most powerful thing when we forget to give thanks.

Be you, be well, be gratituding.

Bertice Berry, PhD.

Gratituding for these shoes

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