To start with, I thank you all for the overwhelming response for my previous post. It was indeed a humbling experience for a budding blogger like me – thank you so much for all the love.
And while we are on that topic, I would like to talk to you about saying thank you – the art of gratitude.
I first learned about the value of gratitude from my school, as a child. Later on in life, my husband guided me through the path of gratitude, and reminded me about the importance of gratitude in life – all this ensured that, today, I have a lot of blessings to count!
The logic behind gratitude is simple: Every living person in this planet would not be alive today, had it not been for the help and support of a lot of things and individuals around them. Gratitude is all about realising that truth, and for thanking all those people, and all those invisible forces for making you who you are.
Saying ‘thank you’ is not just a formality. It is something you should feel from inside – right front he bottom of your heart. If you want to move forward in life, the first thing you should do should be to thank everyone, and everything that has brought you where you are right now. And that itself makes gratitude the important thing in one’s life. 🙂
Any writing on gratitude would be incomplete, without the mention of something that is the exact opposite of this noble quality – ingratitude!
I have many experiences in the past, from people who taught me how hurtful ingratitude could be. One of them, is a childhood friend who was more than a sibling to me at one point in time, but is a total stranger to me today. She made me understand how thankless she could be, to my own loving mother for how – who cared for her when she was a little child. In fact – I have often felt, as a child, that my mother cared and loved my friend more than me! Despite all of that, this person has ridiculed us, and moved away from us.
As a person who practices gratitude in my daily life, this incident made me realise two things:
– It made my belief in gratitude even stronger – learning from my mother who cared selflessly for my friend, even when she had ignored us.
– It taught me a lesson on how not to be an ungrateful person in life. About the negativity it creates on others – it taught me the value of gratitude, more than anything else in the world.
Though this post, I do not mean to poke at anyone. There have been several people in my life, who have been ungrateful to me.I thank them all for teaching me, to not be like them. If you are one among them, and reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the valuable lessons and life-experiences you have given me.
For me, gratitude was, is, and will remain, the most important quality in life.