“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
~William A. Ward
So many people do not realize the POWER of gratitude. Gratitude changes your entire outlook on life. Really! It is difficult to be depressed, unhappy, feeling lack in any part of your life when you accept and realize exactly how much you have to be grateful for. I used to hate to hear people say “Thank God you are alive” but after last year, I can really say, no matter how dismal the outlook appears that I AM grateful to be alive. I am actually grateful to be here, though there are times when I doubt the wisdom of my choosing to stay.
Gratitude means you have stepped outside of yourself and the pervasive “it’s all about me” attitude. It can never be all about you-since your life, words and deeds affect everyone around you.
The smallest gestures can mean so much to another person. I once let a lady in line ahead of me in the grocery store. I was astonished when she smiled, thanked me and said it was the BEST thing that had happened to her all day. This after 5pm!
You never know how your kindness, thoughtfulness and thankfulness will impact another. Being and acting in gracious ways makes our world a lot more bearable. When you receive the gratitude and gracious actions of another, it is a reminder of how much the smallest thing can mean.
Remember and act as if you are in gratitude every day.
Thanks for reading!
Michelle D. Smith is a visionary and spiritual gladiator seeking to share awareness with many. She is a published author who writes a relationship column for Black Refer.com.The different niches for each site allow her to reach a variety of people to amuse, entertain and inspire.
Her self published book, My Life As A Mermaid was selected for inclusion in the Baltimore County Public Library's Local Author collection!