“A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan
One of the best gifts I received in the past year was an invitation to a daily gratitude circle. I accepted the first invitation without knowledge of who any of the participants were, with the exception of the person who invited me.
The first day my inbox flooded with eight lists of raw attention to details that made each of the people feel fortunate about that particular day in their life. In each list, I delighted in the ability to be thankful for things that are easy and difficult to find joy in, with a willingness to embrace the lessons and move forward.
We can be very efficient at pulling together a circle to complain about our lives and we all know the residual effect on our feelings when we leave those sessions. A gratitude circle holds you accountable to finding the happiness in your life now and helps you keep focus on the positive. Getting in touch with what others are thankful has a wonderful way of broadening our perspectives.
Since writing my first list, I have been present to the unfolding of each day and the beautiful opportunities that exist in every 24 hour cycle. I am humbled by the attention given to my list each day and honored to give my attention to other’s lists. While the thought of writing, receiving and reading that many lists on a daily basis might be overwhelming for you, there is a special power in sharing your gratitude with others, even just one person in your life. I encourage you to find a rhythm of habit that works for you and your life.
If you can’t find someone, I have begun to pay forward that gift by opening gratitude circles with the growing community at Life on Springs. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll find you a space to express what makes you feel thankful.
Till then, grateful always for you.