What an overused and “commercially exploited” word!
Gratitude is such a wonderful thing, but can be used to manipulate our feelings and emotions by those who do not know what it really means.
What I would like to do is to share my feelings about gratitude with you.
Per the dictionary, Gratitude is defined as:
As you can see, it is an emotion or attitude…not an act or a gesture.
Often times people refer to “being grateful”, being appreciative, thankful or in any other way expressing gratitude.
However, let’s be honest, how many of us honestly live our daily life FEELING gratitude?
When we are going through a turbulent time and are challenged by a life transition like divorce, it is easy to forget this simple little word. I know that when I first got divorced, I would regularly say, “Yeah…I have a lot to be grateful for alright!”. And I meant it in the most sarcastic way!
As you approach your Thanksgiving meal, whether with family, friends, colleagues, or anyone else, make the commitment to begin a lifelong pattern of FEELING the EMOTION of gratitude.
One way to begin this is to create a Gratitude Jar.
This is a wonderful little exercise to add to your Thanksgiving celebration. It is always delightful to see all ages taking a moment to reflect on what they are grateful for!
As this is a year when many of us are trying to cutback on the $$ we spend and provide more meaning to our lives, consider choosing a gift during the holiday season that reflects the importance of Gratitude.
Have a great week and enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration!