“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” ~John F. Kennedy
Let’s face it, the possibility of sincerely appreciating a moment and wearing a frown at the time is nearly impossible. Happiness comes with good days, wisdom comes with all the days in between, sad ones, reflective ones and those we wished never happened. In your gratitude, you must include all of them because all of your experiences contribute to your personal advancement, your relationships, your life! There’s no sunshine without rain, no pain without pleasure and definitely no reward without sacrifice.
Across the internet, you’ll find gratitude challenges, I see a few of these on a daily basis on social media and it makes me wonder how genuinely some people responses to these challenges are. I mean, are they genuine in their actions or merely posting for a show of hands? No one knows except them. But unless gratitude is implemented in your daily life, unless it becomes second nature, it doesn’t mean anything. The same goes for participating in a gratitude challenge, of course, you can post for a week on social media what you’re grateful for each day. But what happens after those seven days is what really matters. Being grateful for the sunshine today, then cursing the rain tomorrow doesn’t really make much sense and you’re not benefiting rewards that come with the spirit of gratitude. Rewards of increased self-esteem, happiness, enthusiasm, peace, and joy.
It’s true you have to start somewhere and I’m not condemning anyone who takes up a seven, twenty or a hundred day gratitude challenge. Just be mindful of the reason the challenges were created in the first place, the aim is to get you to reprogramme your mindset by switching off the programming of fault and complaining; so that you can switch to the programming of appreciation, thankfulness and awareness.
Gratitude is more than just a temporary challenge, it’s a way of living.
©Etta D. Richards