The essence of gratitude

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

Today I am grateful that I have a good cook at home and how she makes sure I have proper meals. I am also grateful that I have a house, husband and a job.  In my prayers to God today, I paused and there was a moment of reflection.

I am thankful to be leading a healthy life. If I look at the other side of it, I am thankful that I do not have chronic illness.

We spend most of our times wishing something we don’t have. Every time we visit a temple, do we thank God for giving us what we have or do we share our long wish list with him?

It’s time we practice gratitude more often. Gratitude means thankfulness, counting our blessings, being happy with what we have. Gratitude shifts our focus from what we don’t have to thanking what we have at the present moment.

There was a time in my childhood days where we didn’t have enough supply of water and we would also experience frequent power cuts. My mom used to teach us to save water, we even used to store the rain water for our other household chores. During the power cuts, we used to study under the lanterns, maximize the morning time to study under the natural light.

Another vivid memory that I am really fond of is when we used to have “Durga Puja”, we are asked to chose three dresses, and those were the only dresses we bought for ourselves for the entire year.So we eagerly used to wait for the Durga Puja to begin. I am sure not many of us would have had the same kind of experience but today I feel thankful to where we all are. We are much better off and we don’t have the same issues now.

Gratitude helps us realize what we have. The awareness of what we are and what we have can lessen our tendency to want more all the time. So let’s just be thankful to where we are in our lives.



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