So here we are. The season of gratitude. Thanksgiving.
We know gratitude:
- Enlarges us.
- Boosts our immune system.
- Connects us to beauty.
- Keeps us rooted in the present moment.
- Pushes away criticism and jealousy.
- Embraces the giver as well as the receiver.
How do we make our thank yous more than platitudes?
- Make it general. Don’t expect anything back.
- Thank God or the earth. “Even after all this time the sun never say to the earth, “You Owe Me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.” (Don’t know who said this.)
- Make it specific.
- As the March Hare said, “Say what you mean.” Mean what you say.
- Find a tribe of gratitude givers.
- on Facebook, Richard Paul Evans hosts a GratiTuesday (I’ve not read his books but met him at an event – super nice guy!)
- Give 7 hugs a day.
- After a hug, we feel so warm and cuddly, then we’re able to say grateful things.
- Woke up today!
- What else could we ask for?
Some of today’s thoughts were inspired from #spiritchat — a soulful Sunday morning Twitter chat about a spiritual topic. The tweets fly fast and furious. This morning, I couldn’t chat because I had to borrow a camera from a friend.
This is the second reporting/photography job I’ve had in a couple of weeks. (Am reporting on an East Village Korean church for the Interpreter magazine.)
So grateful for friends (and their generosity!)
I’m also grateful for:
- twitter (social media) and #spiritchat
- photography work
- the sun warming me
- the crunch of dead leaves beneath my feet
- the warmth of hugs
- my great health
- my optimism
- old and new friends
Check out the founder of spirit chat, Kumud Ajmani’s blog.
you grateful for?