I am reading more these days and a particularly inspiring literary work on thankfulness has really turned my head. “A Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. The premise of her book was writing a list of 1000 things she is thankful for.
In the bible thankfulness always preceded a miracle. Another interesting fact is that thankfulness i.e. gratitude is something to be learned and part of the learning process is practice, in summary practicing an attitude of thankfulness is what will bring joy in our lives.
At first thought, you might think being grateful is a natural result of receiving good things in our lives. This is why I am believing it may be time to look closer at this subject. If thankfulness is only a response to receiving good, then it would also be fair to say that we are only thankful when we are getting what we want… that sounds more like selfishness and being self-centered, and therefore we spend most of our lives being ungrateful. I reflected on this and found it to be true in my own life, try it for yourself and let me know what you think.
It is easy to be thankful for the obvious, I wonder though how much more we have to be thankful for that goes unnoticed? Why is this important? What would our lives, and more pointedly our attitudes be like if we made a conscious effort to practice “the attitude of gratitude”?