the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for
and to return kindness.
Our conversation included the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday which led us into the topic of "Gratitude".
Giving thanks should be done everyday.
Genuine gratitude is also being able to give thanks despite the circumstances.
Gratitude is a choice. We can choose to be grateful or ungrateful.
Ungratefulness often results in a "tude" instead of gratitude.
"Tude" symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
(Feel free to recite the following warnings as they do in those prescription drug commercials. Insert your own imagery.)
- A moderate to severe sense of entitlement. I deserve this. I am privileged..hear me roar.
- Frequent episodes of discontentment and the feeling of never being satisfied. Constantly searching for the next big thing that will make you happy.
- Chronic complaining lasting more than 4 hours per day.
- "All About Me" Syndrome has also been reported. Symptoms include thoughts of putting yourself first, thinking it's all about you and asking what's in it for you.
The cure for ungratefulness is easy. Choose gratefulness.
Be thankful for what you have and stop focusing on the things you don't have.
There will always be those that appear to have more than you and less than you.
Outward appearances are not fool proof. I have met many that have a lot of "stuff" but lack heart and soul.
On the contrary, I have met many that appear less fortunate but they would give you the shirt off their back and can serve the up the biggest bowl of soul food. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
This Thanksgiving, indulge in some Humble Pie with a topping of Gratitude. It taste delicious and it's very good for you!