The Power of Gratitude

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 in Blog, Spiritual Life | 8 Comments


I am not always as grateful as I would like to be.

Sometimes I see things, situations, even people, as obstacles. I do not look for what I can learn from them. I do not try to find how they can help me recognize my true self, know who I really am.

I experience them as challenges to be overcome, as quickly and easily as possible.

Sometimes I get tired or frustrated. I feel like I keep running into a brick wall, making the same mistakes again and again. I am not trying to become stronger or better, I just want to finish this project and move on to do something else, something different.

The power of gratitude, of being grateful for the possibilities, is in the ways it works to change me.

When I take the opportunity and remember to practice gratitude, I appreciate the wonders all around me. I recognize how I am growing and learning. I begin to see my potential to become more of who I see myself to be.

I remember the people who have given me great gifts of their time, their insights, their patience. Gratitude helps me give the gifts of my deepest self to other people.

It is not about feeling grateful when I am happy, or safe, or secure. It is quite the opposite.

When I practice gratitude, I see things more clearly. I appreciate the sacred depth that is so easy for me to forget. I am reminded of how precious, how valuable this life is. I remember it is filled with incredible potential.

I become grateful especially for the people and circumstances I experience as challenging.

The transforming power of gratitude brings out the best in me.

How is gratitude shaping you today?

When do you remember to be grateful?

[Image by Orin Zebest]

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  1. Patrick Robeck (@TrvlPat)
    April 26, 2014

    It takes reminders like your blog or a sermon on Sunday to help me stay grateful. It would seem we are easily pulled to complacency by our day to day lives and slide away from the attitude of gratitude. Our entire life is a gift and we need to remember that. Thanks Greg for the reminder.

    • Strategic Monk
      April 26, 2014

      Thank you, Pat!

      Yes, it is easy for us to be distracted by details, losing sight of deeper truths. Practicing gratitude helps me remember.

  2. Phoebe Apudo
    April 26, 2014

    I’m guilty of this. Sometimes life throws you one curve ball after another and ones view gets blurred. Through no fault of your own you start to dwell on the stumbling blocks. It’s only human to not take a minute and remember that there’s a lot to be grateful for.

    I feel you. For me my kids put things in perspective. My thirteen year old always plays back my advice that there are people who have it much worse. Thanks for the reminder…

    • Strategic Monk
      April 26, 2014

      Thank You, Phoebe!

      Yes, I think it is easy for most of us to get distracted and lose sight of things.

      I am glad to help your kids remind you . . .

  3. Marion Benitez
    April 27, 2014

    I had such a hard time in the past at being grateful, but I have learned how to be grateful in what ever state I’m in. It took years to get there.

    I am grateful for that. :)

    • Strategic Monk
      May 1, 2014

      Thank you, Marion.

      Yes, gratitude takes hard work. There are thing on which I am still working, for which it is difficult for me to be grateful. I am grateful for what I have learned from the challenges along the way.

  4. Divorced Kat
    April 29, 2014

    When I feel lonely, I look around my apartment. I have photos everywhere of people I love, people who have loved me unconditionally for a long time. Suddenly, things are back in perspective — and I’m grateful.

    • Strategic Monk
      May 1, 2014

      Thank you, Kat.

      Yes. We recognize a welcoming depth of love and appreciation that surrounds and enfolds us. I reflect on the people and places, experiences and insights that prompt my gratitude.


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