I’m working on the practice of gratitude & thankfulness.
Living with a chronic illness that induces chronic pain has challenged me in these two areas at times.
I know that it’s most difficult to be down and miserable if you are thankful and grateful at the same time.
This kind of Thankfulness & Graciousness has to be more than a fleeting feeling. This must become a practice, my way of life.
Just feeling thankful and grateful is not enough. We must act on these feelings to express our sincerity. And to embrace the graciousness of others giving of themselves. How do we express our gratitude, and our thankfulness?
How do we live with a purpose, live a life of graciousness with thanks?
There are thousands of deeds of worth, & actions that can express our gratitude. I know that I can think of many, and so can anyone who puts their heart in the right place and become mindful of what their purpose is.
Even if we do not “feel” grateful or thankful at a particular moment, when we express our thanks and gratitude these very actions themselves can turn our feelings around. And imagine the joy that it spreads around us.
This way of life is living a purposeful life. Focusing my expressions of love with purpose, with graciousness, and thankfulness will allow me to be the Master of my own environments. If my feelings are allowed to dictate my actions & expressions it is as though I am saying I have no choice. Feelings come, they go. How I choose to express myself is what matters. My actions are in my control.
I can choose to behave a certain way, no matter how I happen to be feeling. I can always choose to live with purpose, live with gratitude, and live with thanks.
Thankfulness must become a verb. Actions must be forthcoming. Expressions must be acted on, not just used as a description of ourselves.
I have to find ways to express my gratitude daily, To remain mindful that I am using the day to express my thankfulness for all I have to be grateful for.
I am not going to give my thanks out of some misguided sense of obligations. Instead I will be expressing my thankfulness and gratitude with a full heart.
I cannot fail in my relationship with others when they are based upon deep love for each other, and as long as I am able to be loving to myself.
Myself that wants to be giving Myself that wants to open my heart and see the graciousness and thankfulness in others around me.
If I walk in the light of gratitude, and in the heart of thankfulness this will become contagious. How can you be in a room with someone who is always joyful, and not feel joy as well?
A great psychologist, Jourard once said, “We become sick because we act in sickening ways.”