“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” Cicero
When I think about the character of gratitude, my mind goes to the things that I am thankful (grateful) for. The Thanksgiving Holiday is not the only time that we can be thankful for our blessings.
My blessings always include my family. This picture represents the biggest portion of what I am grateful for in my life. The words across the picture really sums it all up...we should have the attitude of gratitude every single day of our lives. When we have this attitude with everything we go through, life becomes easier to face. As the quote above says...being grateful is the parent of all other virtues.
Being grateful for our family and friends is usually not that difficult. We can even be grateful for some of the tough times we've been through together with family and friends...because in most cases, those times have brought you closer together.
Everyone wants to be appreciated for what they've accomplished whether it be at school, home or work. When you appreciate someone, you are actually showing gratitude to them for their hard work and thoughtfulness. When someone is not appreciated, they start to lose a little bit of their self-worth - and that is not a good thing. So keeping that "attitude of gratitude" with everyone...your family, friends, co-workers....even the person at the Wal-mart check-out line is such an important virtue to live out.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melodie Beattie
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