During this season, I’ve been thinking a great deal about gratitude and living more fully in the present moment.
I have found this to be true:
Gratitude helps us
hold lightly, and
These two things at once.
The practice of gratitude helps us hold experiences lightly, because we recognize that all things are constantly changing. Gratitude doesn’t seek to control people, situations, or outcomes. Instead, we can receive from all of these as they change.
The practice of gratitude helps us hold experiences deeply, because we recognize their value and are fully present. Gratitude connects us deeply with our daily lives and most especially, people. Gratitude strengthens connections and bonds.