For some of us, perhaps mostly those of us who were raised several decades ago, gratitude can remind us of our parents repeatedly reminding us to “Say ‘Thank you’.” These days we are learning that gratitude is much more than that.
Gratitude is a way of life, a deeply held choice that allows us to find the good in just about everything.
If, instead of judging events, we learn to reserve judgment and wait expectantly for the good to reveal itself, we can find good everywhere. Who among us has not had the experience of failure or loss that we judged to be tragic in the moment but which proved to be a great blessing when looked back on from a more distant perspective? We might have saved ourselves much grief by simply withholding judgment and waiting expectantly to see what good would come.
When we “wear gratitude like a cloak,” we will not have room enough in our gratitude journals to contain all the entries.
Here are some resources if you’d like to look further into this topic: