Gratitude in Action:
If dreaming and visualization is the development and design of your heart’s desire, then gratitude is the sculpting and creation of that desire.
The Latin root of the word gratitude is “gratus”, which means pleasing or thankful.
Even my 7 month old granddaughter has the capacity to express what is pleasing to her. We all do. We know what pleases us, just as we know what displeases.
So why do we give more attention to that which displeases?
We spend hours complaining and gossiping about all of the ills of the world, with very little on its good.
We wake up with a head full of worry about what we don’t have while failing to see what we do.
I believe and science backs me up on this, that what we give energy to expands and positive energy expands exponentially.
I believe that maintenance; the process of preserving someone or something (Merriam-Webster) is gratitude in action.
At first glance, the idea of preserving something seems to be a statement of the past and at most, the recent present, but maintenance has and will always be about the past, present and the future.
Maintenance is a way of communicating with God/The Cosmos/The Universe. It is a shout from our entire being and it says, “Yes, I want more of this. I am so grateful for it that I will do my best to preserve it for future generations.”
We must show gratitude for who we are, for what we have, for those we connect to, for our careers and abilities to create, and for our love.
Maintenance is not the thought that wakes you up in the morning, but it should be.
By showing gratitude through the maintenance of what you see in the present, you are sculpting your future.
Be you, be well, be maintained.
Bertice Berry, PhD.