This past weekend I was reminded of the difference between living a life of true Gratitude and being Grateful.
I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “nitpicking at words again Bonnie?” But stay with me okay? Sometimes getting to the nitty-gritty of what a word or phrase means in contrast to another similar idea can help us understand better or even just clarify things for us.
To me Grateful is what you are when you remember to say thank you to others for the things they have done for you or gifts you have been given.
It’s when you show appreciation for kindness given and you are able to show thanks.
A silly, but actually rather good example of this happened just recently. I was reminded that in everything it all comes down to how we choose to view and relate from our minds and hearts.
It’s been rather cold here in my area. We aren’t used to really cold weather. Rain – oh yes! But not the clear cold that was around the past few days. To be honest I really enjoyed it. I think the rain can wear out your patience after a while and seeing the sun no matter how cold can perk you right up.
The point is the heat in my place is electric baseboards so the air gets SUPER dry and I usually end up with dry skin that is uncomfortable if I don’t take care. (Stay with me…lol this isn’t a skin care lesson I promise).
Add to that I did a lot of cooking and cleaning and my hands were painfully dried out. I started to complain about it and a thought suddenly slammed me really hard. Complain? Stop and think about that it said.
So, I did.
Yes, I stopped and listened to that voice.
It occurred to me I was missing the gratitude. No…not for the rough dry hands exactly, but for the heat I had in my condo <- a blessing. For the food I was cooking <- blessing. For the place I had and the supplies I had to clean it <– blessing. For the hands that might hurt a little but work well for me <– blessing.
The last big blessing I realized is that while I may have uncomfortable skin at the moment, I also was blessed with the hand cream to soothe it.
So…if you’re keeping score there that’s one problem that came with what? 5? 6? blessings?
Not bad at all right?
You see, life is never going to be perfect. You can win a billion dollars and still have problems. Just different ones than someone who is just barely making ends meet. Those billionaire problems aren’t yours to solve on your life path. You’re stuff is all you need to be worrying about. Your gifts and blessings are what you need to be grateful for in this life to create a life of real gratitude.
You can’t expect perfection or a perfect life. It’s only foolishness to think so. However, you can focus your thoughts and energy on the blessings in your life and be grateful and humbled by them.
Me? I’m also grateful for all of you. I learn so much from your comments, emails and other blogs that I really believe you are all gifts to this universal shift in energy.
I’m grateful right now also for my cracked skin. It reminds me that I have many other wonderful things in my life. Of course I’ll also be honest…I’m super grateful for that hand cream!