After spending the last 29 days thinking, reading, talking and writing about gratitude, I’m pleased to say that I’ve accomplished a big part of my Gratitude Challenge. I can now say that I’m definitely more grateful for every single thing—big and little—in my life. Similar to when you decide you want to buy a new car and suddenly, everywhere you look that same car pops into your view, I now see gratitude in all sorts of places that I never imagined before. It is my sincere hope and desire that each and every one of you reading this blog feels that your gratitude level has been heightened and improved as well. But just in case you still need a little gratitude pinch, this post will include a final thought on taking your gratitude even deeper, AND my first ever Blog Hop.
First, what is a blog hop? If you ever decide to do a blog yourself you will eventually notice that some web pages feature a blog hop now and then. A Blog Hop includes a thumbnail photo and link to other bloggers who are writing on a particular topic. Mine of course will be on gratitude, thankfulness and thanksgiving. If you are a blogger and want to post your article on my blog hop I would be honored. For everyone else, I’ve already linked all the blog posts I’ve listed in earlier gratitude articles to make it easy for you. Please revisit any you missed on the first go around and then check out all the new ones. Read, share and be grateful!
Secondly, it occurred to me that there was one final option related to gratitude that I hadn’t mentioned yet. This short Japanese parable offered by Alan Cohen in his book, I Had It All The Time says it all.
A hundred and fifty years ago there lived a woman named Sono, whose devotion and purity of heart were respected far and wide. One day a fellow Buddhist, having made a long trip to see her, asked, “What can I do to put my heart at rest?”
Sono said, “Every morning and every evening, and whenever anything happens to you, keep on saying, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint what so ever.”
The man did as he was instructed for a whole year, but his heart still was not at peace. He returned to Sono crestfallen. “I’ve said your prayer over and over, and yet nothing in my life has changed; I’m still the same selfish person as before. What should I do now?”
Sono immediately said, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.”
On hearing these words, the man was able to open his spiritual eye, and returned home with great joy.
I have no idea where any of you started in regards to your level of gratitude and where it’s gone from there during this last month. Ultimately, when we take gratitude to a deep soul level it benefits us the most. However, as I’m reminded by so many examples in the world today, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink.” Ultimately the path to peace, the path to gratitude, rests firmly on our own shoulders. Nothing at all will change until we do. But when we do I think it is both SMART and possible to say, “Thank you for everything. I have no complaint whatsoever.
Now! To the Blog Hop!
This blog hop is now closed and has been converted to a link to every post that was entered in the “hop”. If you want to check out some great posts about gratitude, here they are.
- GRATITUDE IS COFFEE
- Gratitude – MY Way Of Life!
- Radical Gratitude
- An Unconventional Gratitude List
- GIVING THANKS TO A HEALTHY LIFE
- Gratitude, An Attitude Easier Said Than Felt
- Travel & Being Grateful
- The Season to be Grateful
- Five Myths Of A Thankful Life
- Thanksgiving: Give More
- 55 Simple Pleasures That You Lost When You Took Them For Granted
- Gratitude vs. Materialism
- Thanks Greening
- Gratitude Is About the Future, Not the Past
- Be thankful and stop complaining
- How Gratitude Boosts Happiness
- 3 Blocks That Keep Us From Living A Grateful Life
- Feeling Gratitude For All the People We Sleep With
- 4 Virtues Necessary For A Sustainable Season of Thanksgiving
- Gratitude Attitude
- No Matter What Happens, You Can Always Be Grateful
- What Do You Think About
- Getting to ‘Thankful’ Can Help Get Through Hard Times
- On Being Content
- SMART Living 30-Day Gratitude Challenge
- Learning to Consider Gratitude a Discipline
- 50 Things Im Grateful For Today
- 30 Days of Gratitude Quotes
- SMART Lessons From Gratitude
- Grateful–The song & video
- Thankfulness & Gratitude from a Writers Life
- 3 Things I am Forever Thankful For
- Everyday Thanksgiving
- Radical Gratitude #4