* Inspiration – Gratitude

“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other— above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”

Albert Einstein

This brings to mind the people we love and others we depend on for our well being. Yet there are so many more unknown people that support us from a distance.

People World

Notice where you are right now and what you are relying on… your seat, floor, desk, smartphone, computer, cup of coffee … ?  Look around you. There is so much that we usually take for granted that supports us and has brought us to this moment and what we are doing. Behind these things are countless unknown people who have contributed to make this happen.

coffe cup and bagel

Gratitude to Fine Art America for this image

This is a reminder to pay it forward with a Gratitude Practice. See how many times today – and every day – you can find to say thank you.

Express your appreciation out loud, and look for different ways to express it.

Give your loved ones an unexpected kiss or note.

Smile at strangers.

Tell colleagues how much you appreciate them.

Thank the check out person.

Send a card to a friend.

Go out of your way to show your appreciation.

And pause in your day to look around at everything that others have done in order for you to be where you are in this moment. Its pretty amazing!

Thank you for reading this post. I really appreciate it. 💛

35 responses to “* Inspiration – Gratitude

  1. Among other things, I am grateful for whoever invented C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E!

    An attitude of gratitude makes us happier . . . right here, right now!
    Thanks for nudging us in the “right” direction, Val.

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  2. Val, great post. I’m always struck by the extent to which the most mundane things involve so many social connections.
    Yes, gratitude is beyond important both to the obvious and not so obvious.

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  3. THANK YOU, Val, I certainly appreciate your uplifting words. 🙂 I say this blessing before meals: “Bless this food and all who have a had a part in bringing it to this table.” It gets me thinking gratefully of the long line of folks, from farmers, truckers, distributors, clerks, my spouse who all made it possible. Then I think of the sun, rain, air and earth that supports it all. I feel so blessed!

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  4. Today I am grateful for the gentle rain falling outside. I am lucky to live in a region of abundance, and wish I could send some of this rain to California.
    I have always loved listening to the rain. It is calming and gives me peace. It is a great time to meditate!

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