Am I Grateful?

gratitude Aug 23, 2020

           It’s just another day!

I jump out of bed ready to start another day, pour the coffee, and go about the usual morning tasks like a programmed robot. I wasn’t really thinking about anything in particular. This is how mornings typically begin! Then I’m off on my day, facing chores and tasks that have been scheduled on my calendar.

Each morning I think of something I am grateful for – a typical morning, also robotic. Then one morning – lost in my typical routine – a thought came through like a lightening strike. Am I truly grateful?

I listened to many webinars on YouTube, read books and heard so much about acknowledgment of being grateful. I felt that I was grateful – grateful for another day. Grateful for coffee, and that it’s another sunny day.

But, on this day, the question “Are you grateful?” broke through my morning doldrum, and came to me so abruptly that it stopped me in my tracks. Am I truly grateful?

As I thought about what gratitude really means to me, I came to the realization that I hadn’t really acknowledged profound gratitude, and what I am truly grateful for.

Yes, I’m thankful for the things I have; beautiful home; nice car; and being surrounded by pretty things. But true gratitude is not really about the objects a person owns. These are all material things that can come and go.

But real gratitude is a deeper feeling than that – it’s ATTITUDE! It’s being grateful for love of my family, friends and neighbors; gratitude for being  granted the experiences brought with each new day. It doesn’t matter what yesterday was like – I can open my awareness and make today even better.

Then, I started thinking about the many people who have come and gone in my life. Each and every person was and is living their own life story. Some have left bigger imprints than others, but each one is precious and special. Many of these friends I still connect with – some often, and some not as often. The ones who are no longer here have left me with so many beautiful memories!

And, one of the best things about feeling gratitude: at that moment I realized I wasn’t thinking negative thoughts about the burdensome chores and tasks written on my day’s calendar.  I was actually looking forward to accomplishing them,

with GRATITUDE!

Diana Gillig, CHPC     

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