As the holiday season kicks into high gear, it is time, amongst the baking, cooking, decorating, parties and multitude of other activities, to remember one of the main reasons we celebrate: Gratitude.
Several years ago I worked up a daily list of things to be grateful for. These little reminders spanned the spectrum from a home, shoes and meals, to family, air, fresh water and life-passion. Since the birth of my daughter, very few things have been added to my daily reminders but many of them feel richer, truer, now.
From the often playful approaches to Halloween and the historical perspectives of Thanksgiving to the reverent platitudes of Christmas, wild abandonment of New Year's Eve and the romance of Valentine’s Day, we are reminded of the importance relationships play in our lives. We are meant to reflect upon our relationships with not only people who share the minutes or hours of our lives, but also the way in which we have cultivated our relationships with gratitude, honesty, personal accountability, money, time, health, spirituality, passion and integrity…
Consider asking yourself these questions weekly (or even daily) as a sort of checks and balances system for enriching life and exploring the nature of gratitude:
- Do I live daily life with passion and gratitude, living in accordance with the words I speak?
- Am I present and honest in the choices I make, accountable for them in all aspects?
- Do I accept those around me with compassion regardless of who they are and where they are on their personal life journeys?
- Do I act with integrity and establish healthy boundaries in alignment with my spiritual commitments?
- Am I generous, conscientious and responsible with my money and my time?
- Do I see and treat my body as a living temple, caring for it and honoring it?
- Do I recognize myself in and empower my connection with all other living beings?
These checkpoints are a vital part of actively participating in life rather than simply existing from day to day.
The more we live in gratitude, the less we live in apathy!
What inspires gratitude for you?