Practicing Gratitude in the New Year

Meister Eckhart, Christian monk and mystic wrote: ‘If the only prayer we ever offer is thank you that will be enough’…. Writing on January 2, 2012 I’m mindful of how essential gratitude is to living a full and full-filling life. So often I take things for granted (my health, relationships, work) that I don’t fully appreciate the gifts that are in my life right here, right now.

When gratitude is missing, what takes its place is discontentment, dissatisfaction….an inability to appreciate what is and to grasp for more. Our advertising industry feeds off this sense of dissatisfaction, encouraging us to find meaning in what we don’t have.

Gratitude in contrast settles…gracing us with contentment, satisfaction, and the ability to be present to what is right now, right here. In this new year I will strive to practice gratitude with intention, to find meaningful and creative ways of being grateful for what I have….and most of all, to be grateful to the One who is the source of all that is good, lasting and true.  A good New Year to you.

4 thoughts on “Practicing Gratitude in the New Year

  1. Wendy

    Gratitude has become a strong part of my daily life over the last couple of years. Whether this is because I have been given the blessing of raising another beautiful child or because I am becoming older and realizing that the universe truly does not revolve around me it has come and I am thankful to have it. If only I could have found it sooner… How different life may have been if it had…

    1. Thanks Wendy for your wisdom….I think for many of us there is insight (wisdom) that comes with experience….And having the opportortunity to ‘raise another beautiful child’ is a real blessing to put our hard won wisdom, into practice. Peace and grace to you and yours.

    1. Thanks Marilyn for your comments and connecting me to the Clinic web site. I like their emphasis on having an intentional practice of gratitude and how that impacts one’s overall health, both mental and physical. I think too that a positive attitude comes more easily to some ( a sunny disposition ) yet, for all of us, gratitude is a choice that is life giving. As I’ve said before, I grew up in a house of devout pessimists, but from an ealy age I knew that being optimistic was a choice that I could choose.

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