The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us here in the USA. As such, it’s a common time for intentional reflection on gratitude. This year, I’ve found myself wondering about how many people are questioning what they have to be grateful for.
With all that is going on in the world and in our individual lives, I think it makes perfect sense to question what there is to be grateful for. When we are looking at gratitude as the effect and what’s going on in our lives as the cause, then yes, it may seem like there is not a lot to be grateful for. If you find yourself relating to this, I would like to ask if you are willing to see this differently?
There is a lot to be grateful for if we are open to seeing it.
Gratitude is a feeling. Like all feelings, gratitude, and the absence of it, has less to do with what is happening around us and more to do with the quality of our thinking (our state of mind) in the moment. Our feelings tell us about our thinking and nothing else. Why is it important to understand that? Because it helps us to remember our true nature, that we are connected to God and we’re not alone in this world living at the mercy of our situations, circumstances, or other people.