by Randy Hain | November 26, 2020 12:04 am
“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” (G. K. Chesterton)
I remember at a very young age the constant urging of my parents to always say “thank you” in response to any kindness or friendly words shared in my direction. For many years, I saw this advice from my parents as simply good manners and what people were supposed to do.
In my mid-teen years, I was mature enough to observe the heartfelt sincerity my parents always showed when they said “thank you” to others, offered prayers of thanks or expressed appreciation for the simple blessings in their lives…and how different it was from my perfunctory use of the words. They really meant it and I began to understand that their use of “thank you” transcended mere courtesy and it clearly meant something much more meaningful and powerful to them.
What I observed my parents practicing so well was the beginning of my deeper understanding of the word gratitude. My parents were wonderful role models and teachers in many ways and helping me learn to be grateful was an amazing gift that I work at demonstrating every day. My wife and I try very hard to model a life of gratefulness for our sons and for those we encounter each day and we know this ongoing effort has absolutely transformed us.
How has gratitude manifested itself in your life? Many people, myself included, find it challenging to consistently act with gratitude. The great Catholic writer G. K. Chesterton observed that, “Gratitude, being nearly the greatest of human duties, is also nearly the most difficult.”
What best practices should we follow to help us be more grateful?
Today is Thanksgiving and we are hopefully soon to be surrounded by friends and loved ones. I encourage all of us to harness the spirit of gratitude that will be abundant on this special day and make Thanksgiving exist every day of the year.
Live life gratefully and you will never regret it.
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