Saturday, April 20, 2013

Words, Words, Words about Gratitude

"The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see." Dr. Robert Holden

My thanks to reader Lucy for sharing this wonderful quotation with me. I do believe that what you see is very often what you look for. If you see the world through the lens of gratitude, you see a very different world than the one seen through a lens of bitterness, anger, or hate.

I wonder what lens the surviving Boston bomber has been looking through. What warped his view so terribly that violence and horror became acceptable to him?

I wonder what lens we should look through moving forward.

Gratitude seems like a good choice to me. Gratitude for those who keep us safer than most people in the world, for those who rush at harm to help others, for doctors and nurses and technicians who save lives and piece them back together again. Gratitude for kindness and community and love and compassion. Gratitude for a God that never, ever stops blessings us, even in our darkness and fear.

Gratitude is a miracle.

Change what you see.

Change the world.

What are you grateful for in this moment, right now?

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