Gratitude is a way of life.
Saying thank you from the heart makes us feel full. Perhaps we don’t really know we have something until we express our thanks for it.
There are different levels of gratitude. There is the polite, automatic response when someone opens a door for us or the bank teller tells us to have a nice day. Simple, almost perfunctory, these acts of courtesy nevertheless add an element of grace to our daily transactions.
On a more personal level, saying thank you often and sincerely to those we love keeps us from taking each other for granted. We all like to feel appreciated – how many relationships dry up because the people involved don’t realize what they have?
Then there is the gratitude we feel toward the God of our understanding, the source of all the blessings we enjoy but do not create for ourselves. This thankfulness can be a part of every breath we take. As often as we remember the many gifts of every day, our emptiness is filled.
Today, I will replenish my supply of gratitude.
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Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L.
Inner Harvest by Elisabeth L. Copyright 1990 by Hazelden Foundation. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of Hazelden.