Our lives can be challenging at times as we try to find the right balance. Every day we find ourselves dealing with challenges – both business and personal – and too often, important, meaningful things are forgotten. That’s why this month we’re focusing on understanding and appreciating the sensory concept known as ‘gratitude’.
Gratitude can be a powerful force for a more balanced, happier lifestyle. The concept originates from the Latin word ‘gratus’, which means to be thankful and pleasing. When you experience gratitude, you are “pleased” by what someone did for you and also content with the results. Unlike indebtedness, you are not anxious about having to pay it back. To be grateful means to appreciate all of the pleasing elements around you, such as your occupation, your family, your friends and loved ones. To pay it back is a rewarding experience and something that we should seek to try and practice on a regular basis.
It is important to try and manage the stresses of everyday life, for example, by directing our efforts into areas we have control over, like our daily schedule. Being well organized allows us to complete daily chores efficiently and in a timely manner so that, at the end of the day, we can feel satisfied. It is then possible to feel a sense of gratification as a result of successfully meeting the day’s challenges head on and pay our respects and honor others around us.
To show and to receive this wellness is a wonderful, powerful force for good.
“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.” Roy T. Bennett,