gratitude defined: "readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness..."
I think more than any other year, I've been the most aware of how much I have be thankful for. As tragedy after tragedy occurred this year, a natural reaction was to reflect on my own life. How many lives this year were so tragically altered? not only did many lose their possessions, homes but even their life. So for me, this year I'm going beyond being grateful for the comforts of my life.
Because I know how fast in a moment, my very life could be taken away. So I'm choosing to be so present in this life, what I do with it and the impact I can make. As the season of the holidays are upon us, I'm going to look for the ways to actively be grateful and I would encourage you to do the same. How are you living a grateful life with the thought that it a moment it could change?
When I read the definition of gratitude, I zero in on that last part - "to return kindness."
It goes beyond showing appreciation but then the physical action of then showing kindness, an active choice to participate in spreading positivity and light. We'll leave you with a couple gratitude quotes to ponder this week - share in the comments how you'll be living grateful and giving thanks in the coming weeks...