Gratitude Is An Attitude Of The Heart
It's the everyday things which often go unnoticed and taken for granted, and sometimes its difficult to think of all the things we should be grateful for when we get so wrapped up in the business of living and working and making appointments and meeting schedules.
However, I think it's also important to take a few minutes out of each day and jot down a few things for which we are most grateful during that particular day. In doing so, it puts a lot of things into perspective...it helps us to focus in on the virtue of humility by becoming more aware of all the things we depend on to keep us on track; and more importantly, it allows us to realize how important people are in our lives.
One of the greatest needs in our society at all levels, I believe, is the need to be loved, to be appreciated, to be encouraged, to be believed in, and to respond to these acts of kindness in the same manner.
It has been said that the best way to have a friend is to be one. Likewise, the best way to receive love is to go out of yourself and give it away. It's one of the few things in life that multiples as we give it away.
So, in the midst of this summer heat when things seem discouraging and unending, let us have an attitude of gratitude and share our love with those in need. We'll be the richer for it.
copyright © 1998-2005, Spirituality for Today