Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gifts, Generosity and Gratitude



Everything that is, everything we are and everything we have is a gift. Gratitude is, therefore, the most natural emotion and response we can have as a human being. The universe itself is a mysterious gift including our nearby star which shares its light and warmth freely, generously. Gratitude is the natural response.

Planet Earth herself is a gift giving life giving gifts of water, air, soil, plants, animals and humans freely, generously. Gratitude is the natural response. The human community including the family into which we are born is a gift provided freely, generously. Gratitude is the natural response.  

Our body-mind is a gift given freely, generously. Gratitude is the natural response. Our language, culture and religion are gifts given freely, generously. Gratitude is the natural response. Other people grow crops and provide the food that sustains us. Gratitude to farmers, truckers and grocery store workers.  

Other people build the houses that shelter us. Gratitude to architects, contractors and construction workers. Other people provide the education that nurtures our minds. Gratitude to curriculum developers, teachers and administrators.

Other people provide the clothes that protect us. Gratitude to clothing designers, seamstresses and store workers.  And so it goes. We are each enabled to live our lives through the gifts given generously by our fellow and sister human beings. For this we are grateful.

We each share our gifts with others. The whole human family is sustained through the sharing of gifts. For this we are grateful. Some people receive more gifts than others. Others give more gifts than others. May we each be overwhelmed by generosity and gratitude!
 
As for me, I am grateful for gratitude itself.
 
 

2 comments:

  1. Isn't profound blogging fulfilling? Who would have thought we would be so fulfilled doing such in the fourth phase of life? ~jpc

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  2. Yes, I agree with you, John. Thanks for pioneering in profound blogging over these many years.

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