Gratitude begins in a heart
That understands everything in life is gift
Breath and heartbeat,
Mind and cell structure,
Gravity and weather,
Skill and passion
Family and friends,
All is gift.
To pretend ownership is the height of ungratefulness
For gratitude cannot thrive in possessiveness.
Possession can lead to over protection instead of stewardship.
Gratitude comes from a place in the heart
where life has a Creator
and it is not you.
Gratitude means you live with open hands and open heart.
This makes you ready to share as quickly as you would receive.
If you live only to receive, you become self-centered.
If you cannot share, you hoard.
The balance of both breeds a grateful heart.
Gratitude propels one into the fullness of life
where savoring is just as important as saving,
where giving becomes more fulfilling than getting.
At this Thanksgiving time
I want the attitude of gratitude to fill my heart.
So that I can live with contentment
that only comes from a grateful heart.