Reflection on Gratitude

“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast, Benedictine monk

On the calendar, Thanksgiving finds itself in close proximity to other important holidays. The timing is no accident. The growing season has come to an end; the harvest is safely gathered in; with the fields lying fallow in the grip of winter, there is time for communities to come together for social and spiritual gatherings.

“Reflect upon your present blessings—of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”  ~ Charles Dickens

Being mindful of ourselves and those around us often makes us aware of the many blessing in our lives. Gratitude expands all that it touches. Practicing gratitude removes obstacles to joy, and does not need to be rationed or controlled by the calendar. Science also tells us that being grateful increases a positive outlook, which is good for our mental and physical health. A win-win.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

This season, in spite of some things to the contrary, I still have so much to be thankful for, and my heart is full of gratitude – so this bring my greetings

Happy holidays, god yul, as-salam alykum, namaste, shalom

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