Day 5 – For the Love of You
Gratitude, Is It Just a Word?
Initially, you may think that gratitude is just another word, a descriptive word that can describe a feeling we sometimes we experience. One of the dictionaries I looked at explained its meaning as being pleased or thankful when someone has done something for you, and links it to receiving a kindness.
So, on the surface, it would seem that gratitude IS just a word, something happens that moves you to say thank you. Is it that simple?
No, it is so much more. Gratitude goes so much deeper…
Gratitude IS a feeling, one that centres from our emotional reaction to something we experience. On a deeper level it incites our memories, and is a deeply personal experience that ebbs and flows throughout our lives. Gratitude is a powerful feeling that takes on a life of its own; it grows exponentially and gathers momentum as you encounter and move through each experience, and with varying degrees. Individually, we may react differently when we receive flowers or a gift, or when someone acts kindly towards us, some of us may be uncomfortable or embarrassed and mask our deeper feelings, in effect control them, and in turn we may then appear cold and unfeeling, even ungrateful. Some of us may be deeply moved, whilst others may have experienced the same level of emotion many times, and so the reaction is more matter of fact and more accepting, and so our reaction is calm and appears less emotional, but let’s look deeper.
Gratitude is that in-depth soul reaching feeling that wells up from deep within. It is deep rooted and indelible, it kisses the heart and can etch its mark so deeply and entwine beautifully with our thoughts, and with our help can grow so powerfully that it help change our lives in wonderful ways.
With practise, gratitude can become one of the wonderful tools of self-love and self-care, and when used as part of our regular or daily morning or night-time routines, can elevate our lives and help us live a fulfilled and happy life.
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