“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

~ Melody Beattie ~

We have all been told at one time or another that we need to be more grateful.

When I was a child every meal began with a prayer of thanks. Gratitude was shown for the food on the table and the positive outcomes of life events. It was the same at every meal. Yet the prayers sounded rehearsed and the gratitude being shown sounded somewhat insincere. True gratitude is about giving heartfelt thanks. To be truly grateful requires our gratitude to come from a place of truth and a place of sincerity.

Practicing gratitude doesn’t require us to be religious but to simply be grateful for that which we have received. Every one of us makes a request or wish of some sort on a daily basis and when that wish manifests itself most of us forget to be grateful. Instead we criticize the delay or the outcome.

We all have heard the “glass half-empty” and the “glass half-full” analogy. Most of us adopt the “glass half empty” attitude in every aspect of our lives when in fact our glasses are half full. When our glass is full or overflowing many complain that there is water on the table instead of being grateful or helping fill someone else’s glass a little more. Practicing gratitude requires us to be happy with that which is given to us no matter how small or insignificant it may appear to be in the big scheme of things.

I have much to be grateful for  because I have made it through some difficult times again, healthy, wiser and unscathed.

I’m a glass half-full person. Having a glass half-full personality means that I try not to complain to much about what I receive. If what I receive is not quite right, I try to make it work. If I don’t receive what I need right away I know that the universe has a time delay and I will receive what I need at the exact moment I need it.

I have found peace in being grateful and in practicing the art gratitude.

You will too.