Let’s explore gratitude this week.
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. ~ John Milton
This is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen. Open your heart to the beauty and gratitude in this awesome video.
What if we learned to see beauty and feel gratitude like in this video?
I’ve been cultivating gratitude over the last few years. Sometimes I journal. Sometimes I speak gratitude out loud. And recently, I’ve been exchanging daily emails of gratitude. This practice helps keep me disciplined to look for beauty and gratitude every day. The idea came from a suggestion by Jacqueline Wolven in a presentation she gave at WordCamp Fayetteville 2013.
What if we were truly grateful for the precious gift of life?
Appreciating the beauty in us, around us and throughout this beautiful planet. As the narrator says in this video, what if we really look at the sky, the beauty of the moving clouds, the birds flying, the nuances of each day and the changing weather? Or the beauty and mystery in each person’s face. According to this video, 80% of what we process is visual, so let’s open our eyes to truly see the beauty and feel the blessings in our lives. Here’s my tribute to gratitude.
Ode to Gratitude
Once I was a bitter man
Soured and scarred by the trials of life
Tired of struggle, lonely and lost in depression
My days and nights were an endless sea of misery
Then one day I got fed up with feeling bad
Who really wants to hear about more misery?
So I decided to look for the good in my life
Gradually I learned to see and feel the beauty in life
The simple joys in both blessings and strife
Each moment an opportunity to look deeper, open more and reach farther
Finding beauty in many feelings, people and circumstances
Nothing is really good or bad, it just is
When we accept and open, we find hidden blessings
Waiting to be mined for our growth and good
Ripening with time and experience like a good wine
Come sample my nectar now
Rich with the many hues of life
Dark and earthy, light and heavenly
Filled with pounding waves and gentle brooks
Always moving, always changing
Moving, growing, rising and falling
In the precious dance of life
For which I am most grateful
Thank You God, Life, All That Is
19 thoughts on “Open Your Heart to Gratitude”
The ‘attitude of gratitude’ truly has merit, doesn’t it Brad?
I enjoyed the video…gorgeous photography!
Absolutely Denise. I’m aiming to where I live in a state of gratitude. That would be really awesome! Glad you enjoyed the video. Blessings, Brad
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“Then one day…” I can almost visualize someone at that turning point. Is this your poem, Brad? I love the honesty and growth it speaks to. I’d seen the gratitude video before. Thanks for the opportunity to again be reminded.
You’re welcome Eric. Yes it’s my poem and heavily borrowed from my life story.
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Thanks Brad, Love your poem. It’s my story, too. God doesn’t need my gratitude, but I sure do! Grateful for all that is and the perfection of it all.
Thanks Robert, I love to write and share my path. And sharing my poems is the hardest and most rewarding. They seem to come from a deeper place. I too need the gratitude and return more often lately as my spiritual roots. thanks for commenting. Brad
I can connect with the poem from personal experience. Thanks for sharing. Will re-blog this one for future easy access and the benefit of my readers. Truly great post!
Thanks Jonathan! I appreciate you visiting and re-blogging my post. Thanks for reminding me about this post & poem. I think it’s time for me to check-in with gratitude and an open heart! Brad
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Amazing post on gratitude!
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Love this Brad, it speaks to many people I’m sure. Cant find the re-blog tag…losing my mind… 🙂
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“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
Ha, my brain…..loading…..done! Re-blogged – http://dietrying999.wordpress.com/
I appreciate you Miranda, and am glad this quote and post touched you. And I’m glad you’re brain re-booted. 🙂 Thank You!
Love this video!! I have a gratitude journal and I also started a gratitude jar too, where I put moments that make me laugh or feel grateful. The idea is to start it on Jan 1st and open the jar to see what you’ve written on December 31st. I did it last year. It was so much fun and reminded me that life is made up of moments. Thank you for this inspiring post. It will go in my jar tonight. Lisa 🙂
Thanks Lisa. That video is one of my all time favorites and is on my inspiration page too! I’ve heard about the jar idea but haven’t done it. Thanks for sharing your idea and passion. Blessings, Brad