First basket…………..gratitude for what you have
Gratitude is more than a feeling, it is an attitude of acknowledging benefits we receive or even are yet to receive. The world has become a habitat of materialism, we are all chasing after one dream or the other that we take so much for granted. We all want more and more out of life (I know I want more out of life) but in all this craziness and mad chase after what it is that we are chasing, do we pause for a few minutes to be grateful for what we already have? Most of the time we are complaining about what we lack but we forget that what we take for granted, someone is praying for. If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more? It is almost impossible for some people to think there is something in their life they should be grateful for. If you have nothing to be thankful for then what about: LIFE, CHILDREN, FAMILY, SHELTER, FRIENDS, ANOTHER DAY, ABILITIES&TALENTS, LAUGHTER, FOOD, and HEALTH. These and so many others we have to be grateful for. We are not better than those who lack these things but we are blessed (you can say lucky if you want, I prefer blessed) with them. Stop the complaint and bitterness about what it is you don’t have and start being grateful for what you have. You will be amazed just how much you have and how much you will get just by being grateful. Today start looking into your basket of gratitude and dish that gratitude out.
Second basket…………………..grateful for what others give us
Most of us take so much of what we have for granted that it is hard for us to be grateful for what others give us. People are giving of themselves every day to us in numerous ways. They bless us with: COMPLIMENTS, SERVICES, SMILES, LAUGHTER, TIME, A SHOULDER, A GIFT, A WAVE, and GREETINGS. That text your mother sent to you when you stayed out late telling you she was worried sick about you and that friend who is always there to hold the tissue box for you so you can cry your heart out to her. What about that man who picked up your pen for you when you dropped it? And even the cleaner in your office who does a wonderful job of cleaning. Are we ever grateful for all these beautiful moments or do we feel we deserve them. A moment of gratitude is all we need to give to make someone feel good and appreciated for the rest of the day. You have this basket of gratitude you carry around, look in it and dish out some appreciation for life and for the people in your life whether they are family or strangers.
NB: I had written poem in which I mentioned a phrase ‘’the basket of gratitude”, a blogger by name Mary Anne Barton suggested I write something base on that phrase. I take this moment to say thank you Mary Ann Barton
So tell me, what are you grateful for today?