Being Grateful

It’s easier said than done. We are always hearing these words: Be mindful and be grateful. So we try to be. But what it actually means, to be grateful?

Being grateful is not a random act. It is a constant way of looking at life. It is coming out of jejune and simplistic thinking. If something good or positive happens in our lives, we are happy. We may say that we are grateful. But being truly conscious of the blessings and positive things in our lives means that we acknowledge both their presence and their loss. If we have good health, we acknowledge it and appreciate it in a manner which would enhance this blessing, that is an example of being grateful. And if we are no longer in good health, instead of lamenting the illness that has stricken us, we have to remember to be grateful for the time that we were free from illness. This enhances the positive thinking and makes us more attuned to face the realities of life.

If we discussed the semantics, of being grateful and saying that we are happy about something in our lives, we will realize that being happy about something is a temporary phase, while gratitude is an overall attitude. Let’s face it, life is never a bed of roses only. There are occasional thorns which stick into our side at most inappropriate moments. If we go with the attitude of being happy or sad at these momentary fluctuations, we will always be in a state of stress. If we realize that the good we get in our lives far exceeds the bad that happens, we will develop an attitude of gratitude! So, though it is a clichéd phrase, counting our blessings dose make our outlook more positive in life! And help us to reach the apex.

I have included the following prompts in this post;

Your daily word prompt;

Jejune

FOWC;

Semantics

RDP;

Grateful

Word of the day challenge;

Apex

#keepitalive

#fowc

#rdp

41 thoughts on “Being Grateful

  1. This is a great point about happy vs grateful. I’m not often “happy” because I’m in pain, but overall I’m content or grateful or thankful with my lot in life. Gosh, I have my wonderful daughters and a good job and “reasonable” health! That’s lucky. But hour to hour something always hurts, you know? Contrast this with my ex, who was always miserable and angry and jealous of everyone else. Bleh! So hard to be around that type of person.

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  2. It is a constant way of looking at life – form this line on wards I was flowing with your words and thoughts, how very wise of you Sadje, this is a wonderful perspective, so glad I read this today

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  3. Wonderful thoughts. For me and my health at retirement age, so many are on various medications to keep level. I am grateful that I for now I just take supplements. God is indeed good to me and I am grateful. Mobility not great but overall I cant complain.

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  4. Wonderful thoughts. For me and my health at retirement age, so many are on various medications to keep level. I am grateful that I for now I just take supplements. God is indeed good to me and I am grateful. Mobility not great but overall I can’t complain.

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  5. A great message.

    We are often grateful for the big things or successes in life. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” helps us to appreciate the little things that are right in our faces each and every day. Those things that we take for granted each day are the things we often should be most grateful for. I think though, it is a decision we can make each morning. They say to “cultivate an attitude of gratitude” which is a process that has an infinite payoff and benefits for all.

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