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
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?”
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.