No such thing

Several sources tell me that deep pink roses represent gratitude. Yorktown, June 2005

Several sources tell me that deep pink roses represent gratitude. Yorktown, June 2005

“There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.”  — Robert Brault

One of the great blessings to come from this blog has been the ongoing task of reading many wise and inspiring words from all sorts of people, all over the world, from the earliest recorded eras up through now.  For every quote that shows up here, I would estimate that I have bookmarked or noted online dozens (maybe hundreds) of others, for which I haven’t had time to find a matching photo.  Suffice it to say that I have 20-30 books full of post-it flags.

Sometimes, a quote will hit me hard with the twin awareness of how true it is, and how much I personally need to hear it.  This quote today is one that really made me think.  I enjoy saying “thank you,” and I do it a lot.  But I know there are countless people and blessings about which I have never even taken the time to express my appreciation.

So, without further ado, I want to thank everyone who is reading these words, right now.  Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances, I’m grateful for connecting with you through this online opportunity.  I’m grateful for all the supportive friendliness of the blogging community, and many non-blogging friends who visit here to encourage and bless us during this difficult time.

I’m so thankful for the gift of technology, and the mind-boggling volume of information that is readily available at our fingertips.  Yes, there is a lot of misinformation, commercial misuse, and even dangerously predatory behavior in cyberspace.  But I honestly believe the good things that happen online outweigh the bad, and I’m determined to do what I can to raise that ratio.

But beyond that, I think of all the things I depend on daily, that I rarely think to feel grateful for.  The electricity that keeps this computer going.  The air conditioning that just kicked on automatically, without my having to adjust it or even feel uncomfortably hot.  The food I have eaten today and will eat tomorrow.  On and on I could go — and so could you.

Try this: think of someone or something  you enjoy so often that you scarcely notice how it blesses your life.  Then, make it a point, for a week or a month or always, to pause and express your gratitude.  I’ve found that feeling grateful is a contagious practice; the more I express my gratitude, the more grateful I feel, and the more others will join me in agreeing that we have so many reasons to rejoice.  If you feel moved to so do, please share some of the things you are grateful for today, in the comments below.  It might remind us of something we hadn’t thought to be happy about.

This post was first published seven years ago today, but need it now even more than I did then. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

6 Comments

  1. Chris

    Very nice, Julia. I’ve heard it said often that if we would adopt an ‘attitude of gratitude’, we would be happy people, and that our countenance would reveal our inner ‘peace and love’.
    Have a wonderful day! 😊

    • Chris, as I’ve seen on many inspirational products such as calendars, wall hangings and so forth, “There is always, always, always something to be grateful for.” It’s true but some days it’s hard to bear in mind. Nevertheless, gratitude does more than any other trait, habit or discipline to increase happiness. I really believe that.

  2. Ron Wood (London, Ontario)

    Live itself both joyful and tragic, the beautiful view and tranquility of sitting on the front porch in the early morning reading this blog and my emails, hot and cold running water, the pleasure of having a daily shower. The fact I realize I am blessed with family and friends.

    • Hi Ron, it’s nice to hear from you again. Thanks for sharing your list– I agree that all of those things are tremendous blessings. How often we take hot and cold running water for granted! Those who have endured the aftereffects of a hurricane probably appreciate it more than those of us who can’t remember being without it. Thanks for mentioning reading this blog among your blessings. 🙂 That makes me feel grateful.

  3. Thank you for this blog!
    Thank you for posting today. And yesterday. And tomorrow. 😀♥️

    • You are most welcome! I would not be here without the encouragement and support of readers and friends such as you. 🙂 ❤

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