We have the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Happiness in and of itself is not a right, it’s a lifelong pursuit. Yet it seems so evasive. We think we got it and it slips through our hands. It’s like trying to catch a butterfly in a net. Fleeting.
Joy, on the other hand, is deeper than happiness and pursues us. Happiness relies on circumstance, joy does not. Joy can capture us in the most unlikely of situations. When things seem at their worse, joy can break through.
Happiness and Joy. Though I pursue happiness, I’m grateful that joy relentlessly pursues me.
I have a gratitude app on my smart phone. It just pinged me that I haven’t been grateful for anything in the last 3 days. I have been of course, I just haven’t written it down. I need to. It keeps me grounded. Gratitude is essential for the following reasons
- A friend of mine, known as the Grateful Dad, intentionally lived a grateful life for one year, journaled it, and found that his business and life had exploded with growth. Gratitude provides enrichment to our lives.
- No matter the situation, there is always something to be grateful for. It could even be for the tough ordeal that made you a stronger human being.
- Gratitude is contagious. Taking up an “attitude of gratitude” spreads not only to your own life on a regular basis, but is caught by those around you. They will feel appreciated. Who doesn’t want that?
- Like an oil well, gratitude breaks through the crusty top soil and taps into the valuable elixer below. The subsequent geyser is worth millions. Valuable indeed.
- Gratitude points us to the smallest wonders of life; the laugh of a baby, the work of the ant, the growth of the flower. With gratitude everything seems charged with eternity
- We can often develop amnesia for the good things in our lives. Gratitude keeps us focused on the current elements to celebrate. It keeps negativity at bay.
Living a grateful life is a sacred trust. It sees all of life as reason to celebrate even if you don’t necessarily feel like it at the time. I have friends with a diagnosis of cancer who are the most grateful people I know. For them, every moment in life is something to be grateful for.
How about you? What are somethings you are grateful for? I would love to read your responses