GRATITUDE IS A VIRTUE
GRATITUDE PART II
I'm excited to share with you some insights. Last blog I showed you how we can derive a True recipient in our virtue of Gratitude. I also gave you a gratitude assessment sheet. Today, I want to give you some practical links to use with groups and families to help make this Thanksgiving season interactive and hopefully more meaningful.
To make a point today, I see Thankfulness as a catalyst for creativity. A "catalyst" is something that promotes a reaction without undergoing any kind of deterioration itself. Thankfulness keeps its virtual properties and helps to form creative properties in a person who practices it. Gratitude is an art and a habit that we create, much like most other habits of health that we learn.
Thankfulness can also be seen as having a symbiotic relationship with creativity. In other words, they work together and build on one another to bring about a mutual outcome. The more thankful one is, the more that person is released to creativity. Conversely, the more creative a person is, the less he/she is to be negative and unthankful.
Gratitude and negative emotions have a hard time sharing the same space! Try being thankful and angry at the same time...it's almost impossible! Try being angry and creative at the same time...unless you are cleaning house and banging cabinets around in your anger, it's hard to be creative! lol! (I tell you if you want me to have a clean house...just make me mad!)
On a personal note friends, I got a text from my son this morning. He is a service member and has been in Germany for 3 years. Much of that time has been away from family. He has had a very difficult time with the command structure and just plain homesickness in general. These were some of his comments: "I mean I haven't wanted for food or shelter, but it's been stressful...I recognize how good we have things in the states...every time I come back to the homeland, I feel a measure of peace...I can't explain it...just being over the homeland is something."
Sometimes, the recognition and gratitude of the simplest of things can fortify our otherwise longings that perhaps do not get met. We should use Gratitude as the remedy for all ills first and see if it doesn't move our situations toward the better. At the very least, think of where you are and how much better that you have it than the alternative.
In closing, I'm going to give you some interactive links to help you and your family/groups friends with projects to help you on this journey. It is a journey folks...and one that we can do triumphantly with gratitude, or in the lesser without it. (these links are sometime multidimensional and have links within links. I would encourage you to take the time to browse and click as it will be well worth your time.)
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The links to interactive and creative Gratitude: