I recently attended a lecture given by Stephen Jenkinson, the Griefwalker, who gave me a new insight into gratitude.
He said that gratitude is being grateful when you can’t personally benefit from it. Thus, real gratitude means being grateful for what happens even when it brings you no personal reward.
Even in instances when something good happens to those whom we have just this little grudge toward. Gratitude may not be our first emotion, but let’s consider it as a possibility. There is always a larger picture.
Real gratitude is opening to a wider love even when it hurts—trusting that something good is taking place even though we can’t see it, because it doesn’t seem to be happening to us!
A quote I heard long ago says it well: “The incoming tide causes all ships to rise.” Anon.
For things are not what they appear. Something good is in process, no matter how bleak it may seem at the moment.
So instead of feeling resentful, or perhaps feeling sorry for oneself, we have the option of opening our hearts to the possibility that all things are working toward good, and be grateful that we are feeling beings who have the capacity to experience life deeply. Just be grateful for that!
Jesus reminds us that the rain falls upon the just and the unjust, as God’s love is unconditional.
Oh how rich and big our world is. There is always something to be grateful for, and it isn’t just the things we declare to be good.
Life is bringing us into greater consciousness and will use any means to do so. Whatever has to be jettisoned must go — for the new is on the way. We are here to grow spiritually — to widen our hearts to include everything.
And this too! Or as Richard Rohr says, “Everything belongs.”
There is a place for every happening and every feeling.
God shows us the way. And that is a lot to be grateful for!
We are spirit evolving, becoming. “Judge not by appearances.”
God breathes us. It’s taking place now. This is a real direct experience of love — God’s love. This breath is given freely to us, no matter what we are thinking, or doing.
Grace is here in this breath. Love is here. New ideas are here.
It may be dark yet, but the dawn will come. Let’s just be grateful!
Maybe the incoming tide is God breathing us all, causing everyone to rise.