Imagine one day a year, where millions of people all over the world pause to think of what they are grateful for. To thank someone in their lives. To perform one small act of kindness.
It would be a hard thing for many people - those in war zones, those starving, those in captivity, those ailing, those who are fleeing so that they may live free one day.
I am not one of those people. I live in a comfortable home in an area of the world that is at peace. That is exactly why something like World Gratitude Day - today, September 21, is so necessary.
I thought of some things that happened to me recently.
The other day, my spouse complained that there was too much food in the refrigerator. There was produce from our garden, and leftovers from previous meals. We were running out of room.
Can you imagine anyone complaining about having too much food?
Every day for the past few years, I wake up thankful that I am alive.
|Canandaigua, New York, August 31|
I am grateful for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the health to be able to travel to see them.
Having been raised in a New York City housing project, I am grateful for the ability to step right outside my door and find, in season, beautiful, colorful plants.
|Tiffany Lamp and Stained Glass, Willard Memorial Chapel, Auburn, New York|
But, then what else can I do with today's blog post, to show gratitude and improve the world in just a tiny way? Many things.
I can blog quotes about gratitude.
I can thank you, each and everyone of my readers, for reading my blog. Thank you - I am grateful for each and every one of you.
I can thank my relatives.
I can thank those few I consider close friends. Friendship doesn't come easy to me.
I've been married to the same spouse for 42 years. Thank you for putting up with me, dear one, and for all the good food and companionship you provide. Among other things (even if you don't read my blog. Which you should, because you missed this shoutout. But I digress).
Thank you to my son, who helps my spouse and I more and more.
Are you an employer? Today would be a good time to show gratitude to those who help in your success. Why not? Who would it hurt?
But most of all, I hope I inspire some of my readers to spread gratitude. To feel gratitude. To live in gratitude. Why? Our world is terribly broken. In some way, even a small way, each of us has a responsibility to help fix it.
The fixing can begin with one small act. Say thank you today to someone. Try to reconnect with someone you've missed, but you hadn't talked to for too long. Perform one small act of kindness.
Who is with me?
Will you join in a day of gratitude?