As a child, I always felt lucky that I had a roof over my head, I was grateful. When I look back, with everything I had to deal with, the picture was far worse than I thought, but I still lived with gratitude.
Those were never my conscious thoughts, but unconsciously that’s how I equated my life. Gratitude is something we may not always seem to have, but gratitude can serve us well and is a quality that makes us thankful, regardless of what we deal with.
It’s a readiness to show appreciation for life, for our existence and for us to become better people, and in return show kindness back. Couple that with other qualities and you have a recipe for a life that is stress-free.
Gratitude is a lifestyle choice. A way of life and if given in abundance should change the quality of our lives. It requires a dedication, a willingness to let go of the past, and the most challenging of experiences, to live quietly in the present moment with a more positive attitude and mind-set.
It doesn’t change our bad experiences, nor does it change the attitude from people we have come to trust, but it helps us move in a more positive direction, so that we can let go of the things that can make us ill.