Everyday Gratitude #everydaygratitude

Everyday Gratitude is a new feature on Everyday Gyaan – a post on gratitude that will appear here every 2nd Saturday of the month.

Why did I choose ‘everyday gratitude’ – because I want to stress on two aspects of gratitude –

  • That we need to practice it every day. Each of us need to find our own way of practicing gratitude- use a notebook, keep a small document, write a blog post, set aside a short time every day to think about all you are grateful for.
  • That we find things to be grateful for in the ordinary, everyday circumstances of our lives. Nothing spectacular. No fancy words. No contest.

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
Mary Oliver

Everyday Gratitude

I find that I’m offering gratitude in the unlikeliest of places and circumstances.

Giving for water when I’m having an early morning shower

Grateful for a long power cut that gave us new insights on managing our puppy

Gratitude for the squirrel that scurried along the road and reminded me of the writing of Sant Tukaram, an Indian poet, which translated into English goes something like this:

I said to a squirrel, “What is that you are carrying?”
and he said,
“It is my lucky rock; isn’t it pretty?”
I held it and said, “Indeed.”
I said to God,
“What is this earth?”
And He said, “It is my lucky rock;
isn’t it wondrous?”
Yes, indeed.

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If you’re looking for a linky, you’ll find the monthly Gratitude Circle on Vidya Sury’s blog, Today’s Gratitude List on Laurel Regan’s blog and Ten Things of Thankful on Lizzi Rogers’ blog.

You’re welcome to share your list of gratitudes in the comments here. If you share your gratitude posts in the comments and on Twitter with the hashtag #everydaygratitude, I promise to share your posts on social media.

7 Replies to “Everyday Gratitude #everydaygratitude”

  1. A few days ago I was driving my car, going home from work, and the weather was awful. First it was snowing, then the snow turned to sleet and finally the sleet turned to heavy raining, wind blowing hard. I started to complain internally and then my mind suddenly switched the gears and I felt grateful. Grateful for going home, grateful for looking forward to the going home, grateful for my home. I started to smile and felt absolutely happy and a bit crazy and the contrast was mind-boggling. What an experience… 🙂

    I love the Tukaram’s poem, it’s touching and assuring…

  2. Thank you so much, Corrine, for linking with the TToT. I do the same as you for the shower, for water, for food…we’re so blessed. Acknowledging it is humbling and helps a lot.

    1. My pleasure, Lizzi. I wish I could commit to a weekly TToT post. I feel guilty when I can’t visit all the blogs linked in.
      We truly are blessed. And one of my blessings is being connected to you!

      1. You don’t have to commit to every week…and I know what you mean about feeling guilty, but just…you’re always welcome to join in and just do what you can do 🙂 And thank you. I feel very blessed by knowing you, too, and getting to read your thoughts on life and gratitude and living 🙂

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