Thursday, August 27, 2009

Attitude about Gratitude

I read something recently that seemed to miss the point about gratitude. It was a post to a blog I decided not to mention due to its focus on what's not right with life. Maybe it was poking fun, but it didn't hit me that way.

Statement: gratitude is feeling superior to another.

Gratitude is an inside job. Gratitude is being thankful for what you have in your life. It is counting your blessings, however small and short lived. It is appreciating the lessons that come your way and the people or circumstances that brought them to you.

Statement: gratitude is about comparing our circumstances to the circumstances of others.

Gratitude is about appreciating your life and the abundance you have. It is appreciating who you are and who you can become by celebrating what surrounds you.

Immaculée Ilibagiza,once a young, vibrant university student experienced a dramatic life transformation during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She and seven other women spent 91 days huddled in silence in a cramped bathroom of a local pastor's house. What began as a promising life with a loving family had turned into a nightmare.At 65pounds,she emerged to find her family (except on brother) had been brutally murdered during her captivity.

She could have chosen bitterness, rage, or anger; yet she chose to pray and ask for guidance so that she could find a way to forgive those that created such pain in her life. She was grateful she was alive,was surrounded by others, was given refuge by someone who put themselves at great risk. As she tells her story, she did fight against the power of hate and loathing. When faced with the choice, she chose to pray for grace.

Hopefully there are more people coming to a deeper understanding of gratitude. Gratitude is a state of mind, not a circumstance of being.

Coach Renee

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