Signs Of Gratitude

While driving home from seeing my daughter and her family, I was feeling super grateful. So much so, I made a note to start a column on gratitude and being grateful. This is the first.

I was leaving my daughter, her husband and my 3-year-old grandson behind. That was hard. My family is super important to me.

This is a snippet of how I am about my family. I posted this on Facebook in 2011. This happened with my grandson Jacob.

I told Jacob I would be gone for a few days. “How many minutes is that daddy?” A couple of days and then I will come see you. “Daddy, my eyes are watering. I am going to miss you!” Not sure who is going to miss who worse. Probably me missing him. Though it is going to be close!

I am so grateful for the family I have. It has been a lot of work over the years, but amazing things have come together to cause me to have the gratitude I have. (I always think it funny when someone will say to me “You have a great family. Guess you never went through difficult times.” If they only knew…)

Gratitude for the gift of life is the primary wellspring of all religions, the hallmark of the mystic, the source of all true art. ~ Joanna Macy

Being grateful is the doorway to great things. Before I learned the word “grateful” as a child, I learned from my grandmother that I ought to “count my blessings”.

One of the blessings of the few days with my daughter, was to watch a basketball game, with my son-in-love and a few of his friends. I originally was going to be in bed, but the time with them was so enjoyable, I stayed up late. Listening to young men talk sports, as well as jobs, relationships and life. It was great.

Years later I was in a 12 step program and one of the folks there said to me about difficult times to do the following: Take your cares and worries and write them on a piece of paper. Take those pieces of paper and put them in an empty mayonnaise jar. Stop thinking about them unless you are willing to reach into that jar and take those cares out.” How foolish would I feel if I did that?

While I was there we went to lunch, looked at cars and played. How hard is that?

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy €” because we will always want to have something else or something more. ~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

I am grateful for my family. Super thankful that my daughter and I got to spend the last day with my grandson. We went to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard to enjoy the beautiful New England fall weather. We fed ducks, ate an apple cider doughnut, fed animals and walked in the meadows. (Even saw a snake or two!)

William Arthur Ward said “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

Bring joy into your life by practicing gratitude.

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