Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Cicero
Gratitude is defined by the Webster's Dictionary as "a feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received; thankfulness"
Sometimes in life, feeling gratitude is hard.
Personally, when my children died, I couldn't find anything to be grateful for. I felt robbed, I felt cheated by life, by God, by my own body. Of course, bitterness took over and I had to work hard to understand that I still had a lot of things to be thankful.
I started trying to find 5 things to be grateful each week: less than one thing per day.
I have made a daily commitment with myself: I try to find 5 things, at the end of the day, to be thankful for.
Somedays I find it hard and I really have to work towards my goal. Other days, gratitude comes easy and at night, my list is much longer than I imagined it could be.
For example, yesterday I was specially thankful for:
- Being alive surrounded by my healthy, happy loved ones
- Baby pup is recovering from surgery OK
- My brother found a new home to lease and he's moving his family in at the end of the week
- Both girls loved their meal and ate better than other days
- Big boy had a great afternoon and evening: he did his homework soon and then was able to go to soccer training
I invite you to do this exercise. You'll notice that your view of life will improve considerably.