“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart
When was the last time you popped a cork to celebrate something? Birthday? Christmas? Valentines? Celebration is becoming a lost art, as many people are tightening their purse strings and are too focused on the next stressful hurdle demanding their attention. Celebrating should not be reserved for holidays. We should be thankful for each day of our lives. I may not have a fat purse, but I’ve learned to appreciate the smallest of victories.
It may be hard to keep “grateful” among your attributes. Many of us have perilously short memory- one bad day at work for puts you in rut. I may inwardly moan about how my bad day, I may even try to convince myself that it was one of the worse days of my life. But that “inner voice”, tugs at me reminding me that it really wasn’t that bad.
Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioural and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.
Life should be celebrated no matter how tight your purse strings are………..