Today I did something I’ve never done before. I googled the word GRATEFUL. And I was surprised to read something I’d never thought of before.
Of course I’ve always known that to be grateful is to express gratitude; to be thankful, but feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness? So then I googled GRATITUDE and it said, to show appreciation for and to return kindness. There was that word again and I don’t know why I’d never associated the word kindness with being grateful, because it does make sense. I suppose when I hear the word “grateful” I simply think of giving thanks and remaining in that place of thankfulness in my heart – but then it stops there.
I think I’ve been cutting this whole “grateful heart” thing short. In fact, I’ve most likely been pretty selfish with it. I’ve said it before and I will always say it- one of the things I love about an intentional grateful heart is that no matter what you’re grateful for- big or small (and I’m talking like if you’re grateful for Chipotle, because DUH), it still matters. Living with a grateful heart seriously changes your outlook on your day to day and over time – I mean it when I say your life will change in the most positive and beautiful way. But perhaps I need to stretch my thinking a bit and also focus on the kindness of others and how real that is… how beautiful that is… and how important that is to be grateful for.
You know the Abe Lincoln quote “if you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will”? I think this goes both ways. I think the more we look for kindness in others and the more we make ourselves more aware of it, the more we truly will see it and maybe this world won’t seem quite as dark. Because for all of the bad that’s going on right now, there is also a lot of good going on too. Plus, it feels SO good to get out of your own skin for awhile and focus on others, you know what I mean? Maybe by acknowledging the kindness in others, we will be encouraged to return the kindness too.
SO. I’m going to challenge myself each Monday: for every thing or moment in my own life that I give thanks for, I am also going to give thanks for someone else’s kindness. Again, big or small- that’s not what matters. The point of this is to truly begin each day with a grateful heart. (And isn’t it crazy how easy this is??) Share the love, guys. Spread the kindness. Grateful hearts were meant to be shared.
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