What does it mean to be grateful?

In my mind gratitude can only relate to being grateful for big acts of kindness.

A couple of weeks ago I had a heart to heart with a good friend of mine. And she taught me it is important to show your gratitude for the things we take for granted. Otherwise we will only know how grateful we are for them when they are no longer there.

What do you have that you are scared of losing?

Those are the things to be grateful for. And it is okay to say your mobile phone. But I ask you to think of the reasons why you are scared of losing it. Is it because you won’t be able to get onto social media? Or because you, like me, don’t know your boyfriend/mum/aunt/cousins’ number by heart, so if you lost it you would not be able to contact them?

Most material things can be replaced. But they are the things, I believe, we are taught to be grateful for. Work hard, get a good job, buy a nice house. And be grateful for the nice house. However, it is just as important to be grateful for the good job that got you the nice house. As well as your work ethic that enabled you to succeed in the good job.

I am grateful for the conversation with my friend

She made the whole concept of gratitude so simple to understand. Letting me know that it’s not enough to say, of course I’m grateful to have a safe place to live, a warm bed to sleep in at night, and delicious food to eat. I have to actually state my gratitude because they are the things I will end up spending my time praying for if I ever lost them.

I now write a list daily to declare my gratitude for all things. Big and small. So that both I and the universe know the things I want to keep in my life for as long as possible.

Until next time.




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