Gratitude isn’t saying “Thank you” when someone has your back. Gratitude isn’t donating your money and time to an important cause.
Gratitude isn’t looking someone in the eye and sharing how much you care.
Gratitude isn’t going the extra mile because someone did for you first.
Gratitude isn’t giving a hand out to those who need a hand up.
Gratitude isn’t finding the best in others even when there is a lot to over look.
Gratitude isn’t giving from the heart when your heart already feels broken by your own situation.
Gratitude isn’t any of those things. It is all of those things.
It’s not about what you do. It’s about who you are as a person.
Gratitude is all consuming. It’s not an act or a holiday or a festive time of year. It is a sense of self-awareness about how much has been done for you to help you get to where you are right now.
It’s a sense of awareness that compels you to pay forward the investment that has been made in you.
Gratitude isn’t what you say. It’s the reason you say anything at all.
So while it is fitting to stop for a day now and then to celebrate and say “Thank You” to those around us, it bears remembering that the benefits of gratitude come not when you are going through the motions but when you let the emotions of sincerity and compelling resolve wash over you and drive you to be a better person.
And then, it doesn’t really matter what you do or when you celebrate or the words that come out of your mouth, everything you do is enriched with the empowering energy of your sincere and emotional gratitude.
And that, is life changing.