Today, as I planned, cooked and savoured the khow suey we had for dinner, I wondered what I was going to write this Thursday. Writing about gratitude every week can be challenging. It would seem that I’ve covered a lot of aspects of it over the years. But I’m always surprised to find one more way of looking at gratitude or one more gratitude practice to share. Today, my cooking, made me think of the golden chain of gratitude.
The Golden Chain Of Gratitude
If you take a look at the end result of my cooking (image below), you’ll see that it had a lot of ingredients – vegetables, chicken, coconut milk, spices, noodles, eggs. As I enjoyed cooking and eating this, I started to think of all the people who had contributed to getting this food ready. Yes, I cooked it, but José bought a lot of ingredients. But it took a lot more people than the two of us – it took farmers, people in factories, suppliers, vendors, storekeepers – people whose efforts and hard work contributed to getting this to our table.
The chain of gratitude takes awareness and mindfulness. When we look at every thing – both good and bad – and see how one circumstance led to another, how people contributed to circumstances, how we learnt from things, we see the golden chain of gratitude. The golden chain of connections that connects us all.
Recipients of our appreciation are apt to express their own gratitude to others, lengthening the unending, golden chain of connections-in-goodness that stretches across the world. – Mary Ford-Grabowsky
I’ve decided that I no longer need to add a linky to the #everydaygratitude posts. I love that this weekly post has now become a practice for me.
Today, I’m grateful for a fruitful and meaningful week.
What are you grateful for today?
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