Definition of gratitude in English: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness
I love this word, the way it sounds as it rolls of my lips and the way it feels when it forms in my mouth, giving this beautiful word an added edge. My favorite part of this word is the first part of the definition above:
The quality of being thankful
The world we live in today is full of things that may question our ability to be thankful and yes I do often question this but I also stop myself and readjust my view of the world and focus on the many things I have to be thankful for.
My children are my main area in my life that I am thankful for. They drive me insane a lot of the time but that is just them being children. When I sit and think about what a blessing they are, how lucky we are to have them in our lives and that they are happy and healthy, I cherish that thought and put all the bad stuff out of my mind,
Health is another area I am thankful for. I am relatively healthy, could do a lot more to improve this but ultimately there is nothing that a bit more exercise and a better diet wouldn’t fix. I have lost too many friends over the past few years, this has made me reevaluate my thoughts about health, we take it for granted far too much.
There are also the little things that I am grateful for and if I am not mindful, I could miss them but they all count. Birds singing, a good cup of coffee and the countryside are just a few, I could go on forever.
I have started a gratitude journal to document my day-to-day thankfulness, I hope to share some more on this with you soon.