A grateful thank you for our daily bread were part of every meal at the family dinner table when I was growing up. When I moved out on my own, and things got a little tough, I continued this practice of being grateful for what I had and what I received.  The loaves of homemade bread I made in those difficult times became very symbolic to me, and they remain so today.

Those of you who know me think that my gratitude is what remains of my Christian upbringing.  Being thankful doesn’t have anything to do with religion. It has to do with acknowledging the good in this world. Most people view acknowledgement and gratitude as something old fashioned.  Many believe that they are special and deserve all the things that are given to them.

What I am grateful for

My health and that of my loved ones are at the top of the list these days.  With Covid19 rampaging across the planet, we have remained unscathed. I am grateful. I am also thankful to have found love and a companion to share my life with. It is difficult to be alone, and I am grateful to no longer be alone. Thank-you.  I am grateful for the art sales and the teaching that I do. I am grateful for my studio. I thank the universe for its sustenance.  Amen.

How to be grateful

The first step in being grateful is to stop complaining all the time.  Let’s face it; we all do it to some extent or another.  When I find myself complaining, I try and find something positive to be grateful for in the situation I am complaining about. Every issue we face has a silver lining, and it is this silver lining we are supposed to show gratitude for.

A little gratitude goes a long way

I know it may sound simplistic, but good things come to those who are grateful.  Saying thank you for the gifts you receive will get more of what you are saying thank you for. Complaining about the lack of something will get you more of the same. You will always be lacking something.   Instead, focus on what you require, show gratitude for that which you are receiving, and it will appear just when it is supposed to. Remember, a little gratitude goes a long way.