Definition: From the Latin Gratus – the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
This past week has been one long expression of gratitude. As we get closer to the craziness of the Christmas season, we have been thanking people who help us and co incidentally we have been on the receiving end of some wonderfully grateful expressions. We thank those clients who have supported or advised us or both, the people who provide such high quality services to us and the people who care for our family members, the teachers, coaches, friends and so many other parents. I cannot help feeling that what you put out in to the world is truly what you get back. Putting out stress just brings more stress back, whereas putting out gratitude, brings it back, in spades. Seemingly it is contagious, so please do pass it on.
Taking the time out to express gratitude does in itself make one feel better, as it brings some inner peace and also helps reduce personal stresses, whilst improving relationships.
My little sister Dara gave me a big empty glass ‘Gratitude Jar’ last January and following a few fallow weeks, it is amazing how it has been filling up, with some very big thanks and some small thanks too. And even a few thanks that would have been missed or somewhat unappreciated, except that the jar reminded me to consider what had happened me that day. Every single time I looked at it, the jar made me look for something to be thankful for. And without fail, I found something worthy of putting pen to paper. Initially, it was a case of what will I add today, but that feeling soon disappeared. To be replaced with good examples of things to be grateful for, some of which I would never have asked for at all. There are some people who have made a huge difference in our lives this year. On both sides of the Atlantic. No names here, but thank you so much.
This has been a great way to start or end the day, although I did not make it a daily routine. Now, as the year comes to a close, I am wondering what to do. Should I spill its contents in private or with family, even with that same little sister, who is in herself an inspiration to me. What have I written? Who have I thanked? And, no, I do not remember every single scribbled note of thanks. thank you. Oops there we go again….
But I do recommend doing this for you too. You will be amazed how grateful you become when you consciously set out to look for some good in your day. Even on a bad day, you would be amazed at what can pop up and make you feel grateful if you are open to the idea. It appears to me that I have so much to be grateful for, that I wonder what it is that I actually need for Christmas or in 2018.
Counting down the days to Christmas is definitely making me feel immensely grateful for the abundance we have, the family health and the family happiness, the wonderful relationships between parents and children and between the siblings. No rivalry, no animosity, just love and friendship. Plenty to be grateful for and Christmas just provides that pause in all the madness to let us be together without any agenda or some long to do list.
Gratitude Gift idea
Why not give someone a jar for Christmas, maybe even yourself and fill it full of your own gratitude. Meantime, I think I have decided to share the contents of the jar with the donor. Lets see how it all shakes out.
No big article on tech or useful apps this week, nothing more to read, just a tip of my hat to you with my gratitude for being a big part of my week every week. Thank you, one and all – you have my sincere gratitude.