Gratitude has a powerful connection to hope. If I express my thanks to someone who has shared a story, helped me complete a task or gave me a small gift, I am sharing and inviting hope into our lives. If you have a great conversation over a cup of tea – say Thanks. If someone send you a note, a card or buys you lunch – say Thanks. If someone opens up to you – say Thanks. Be open to being grateful rather than feeling entitled. I live in an amazing country where opportunity and possibility are everywhere. I get to vote and have it counted. I am free to try new things and practice old things. For all this I am grateful.
Just expressing sincere gratefulness opens a different path in my brain. I am receptive to optimism and hope in a new way. Speak with thanks in your heart and voice and the world lays itself out before you in a different way. The vista from Despair Ditch is different than from Hope Hill.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero