A Personal Reflection: The Power of Gratitude – Fill Everyday with Gratitude.
This blog post is different than others. This one is quite close to my heart, as it is a personal reflection about the power of gratitude and how gratitude has changed my life, provides a daily source of abundance, and enlighten others within my life. This reflection serves to share a story of the power gratitude.
Not everyone is born a grateful person. Gratitude is a choice, attitude, and blessing to move through every aspect of life. Since I was a child, I lived in a state of gratitude. Much of which I learned from my mother. I grew up in an environment in which society would label us “poor”. However, the label “poor” was never a feeling or emotion felt in our home. My mother showered my little sister and I with so much love and joy. I was loved, clothed, fed, and happy. Certainly, we experienced tough times, such as coming home to no electricity. Even within that situation we made due with what we had and were grateful for those resources. We said “thank you” to the Divine source for providing us with those resources and one another. When the lights were on the next day, we said “thank you” again with the same level of praise.
By society’s standards, we were “poor”, but within I felt “rich” because of the abundance of love, gratitude, and joy toward what we had as a family, not on what we lacked (which is interesting to think about, because this where many people fall short, is that they look at what isn't there instead of what is present.). As an adult, I sit back and count my blessings every single day. Blessings are all around, and within all circumstances. The choice lies within each of us to see those blessings. Where one may see blessings, another may not. That is a choice. Gratitude isn’t about being in denial of a situation and only see good, rather it is seeing the entire situation and being a peace with what it is, not for what it is not. Having this perspective has helped me to stay connected with myself, people, and experiences.
Thankfully, gratitude is a light within me that has traveled many years, places, and experiences as the child I was, to the adult I am today. The same level of enthusiasm toward life back then is experienced today. For example, as a child I would say “thank you” to everything and everyone – I would thank the birds that chirped in the morning that I heard on my way to the bus stop. I would stop and smile at the birds and feel the warmth of my jacket and mittens while I waited for the bus. I thanked the bus lady for picking me up and dropping me off and that I appreciated that she was nice and funny. Gratitude comes in all sizes within every situation you experience. For example, as an adult I continue to count my blessings and the blessing of others through acts of kindness, communication, and mindfulness.To me, gratitude is a way of life. It is a way of seeing perfection in imperfection. It is living a life so full of love, joy, and humility that in any circumstance one is still connected to herself. Even in times of pain, loss, or destruction, gratitude is still present – if you look, listen, or feel for it. The coolest thing about gratitude is that it’s always there, it’s within you. The attitude of gratitude shouldn’t limited to only expressing it around the holidays. Heavens no! A true attitude of gratitude is experienced daily through our thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and live a life full of gratitude daily. Namaste (The Light in Me, Honors the Light in You).
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by Katie Doseck, MBA, Ph.D.
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC