Heartwings Love Notes 959: Gratitude is Important
Heartwings says, "Expression of of gratitude is more than politeness."
Most parents train their children to say "thank you." This is good manners. Yet expressing gratitude goes beyond simple courtesy. It helps turn the focus of our thoughts, and can direct the mind toward a positive view of life. This is true most especially when considering circumstances that appear to have nothing good about them, like the current pandemic.
I’m not saying the virus is "good." It is some of the results that can be seen as positive. For example, while school children may not be learning at the same rate they could in classrooms, they can spend more time outdoors or even having fun. While people may not be filling the stores, they are shopping on line, and the delivery services that didn’t even exist before the pandemic have burgeoned. People with handicaps now have many more buying choices open to them via home delivery.
Because of Zoom and other developing internet options, People who once only had telephones can now regularly view far away loved ones. People in far apart countries can take classes together, meet in person virtually, or join interest groups and communicate. Rather than take a long arduous journey, grandparents can see a new grandchild born in another part of the country or even the world! It is said the Chinese characters for crisis spell opportunity. With the correct attitude that’s how it can be seen.
When I practice gratitude for all things bad or good, I am able to see what opportunities are provided by even the most uncomfortable experiences. Recently I stumbled and bruised myself because I was carrying too much as I came in the door. A few days ago, I did the same thing under different circumstances, only worse because I hadn’t learned from the first time. I am thankful for this second, though more painful stumble. Now I will remember. When I take things as a lesson, I can be grateful. When regardless of circumstances I see my life as blessed, I do not complain but instead give thanks for every blessing, even those in disguise.
May you feel grateful for all your experiences and learn what they have to offer.
Blessings and best regards, Tasha Halpert
PS If you would like to share any of your experiences along these lines, please do write to me. Comments and stories can be sent to Tashahal or Tashahal. For more Love Notes, please check my web site at www.heartwingsandfriends.