Gratitude is the memory of the heart. It means that we do not take for granted things that are done for us but appreciate them and in one way or another make a return for them. It is said that a grateful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. Gratitude is like the sunshine, we can do without it, but when present, it brings warmth and throws light on the whole scene of life. The more one is able to return an act of kindness, it enhances the nobility of the person. If we develop right attitude we will be able to see everything in the right perspective and accept it as a blessing.
We are dependent on others till we say goodbye to this world. With gratitude in our hearts, life becomes richer and more joyful. Many of our troubles could be eliminated if we could focus more on the blessings received and be grateful to God. As the culture of saying “thanks” is slowly vanishing in our day to day humdrum of life, let us foster it consciously in our own personal lives.
Thanksgiving is gratitude in action. An attitude of Gratitude brings healing and wholeness. We have heard of persons suffering from terminal illness being healed because of their positive attitude and spirit of thankfulness to the Lord. Besides thanking God for all the favours received, we need to be grateful to our fellow human beings for all the favours and services received and reciprocated. More than ever we need to develop a sense of gratitude to our Mother Earth for providing for all our needs. The greatest challenge ahead of us is to protect and sustain the scarce resources for the future generation. “The finest test of character is seen in the amount and the power of gratitude we have.” M.H.Gates.