The Random House Dictionary defines gratitude as: the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful. It further defines grateful as: warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful.
Have you ever stopped to consider all the many things for which we can be grateful? Even the things we so often take for granted such as each breath we breathe, each morsel of food we eat, each and every movement we make, the sounds we hear, the sights we see, the heat and cold we feel, the odors we smell, the thoughts we think, and literally everything that can affect us in any manner.
Should we be grateful for terrible odors, screechy sounds, bad-tasting food, awkward movements, severe heat or cold and bad thoughts. A resounding yes! Because without the contrast we would have little or no appreciation for anything.
What about our enemies? Should we also be grateful to them? Yes once again. If you need to know the truth about yourself, listen to what your enemies have to say about you. Your friends will often hide the truth or be semi-truthful rather than hurt you.
In summary, always have an #attitude of gratitude. We have much for which to be thankful. And the more gratitude we have and show, the more we have for which to be grateful. It is an upward spiral.