Recently, I realized I felt more gratitude during the holidays than most other times. The season kind of reinforces this. I know that I was grateful for my country and the family waiting at home for me when I was forward deployed for 180 days. Sure, that state of mind is easily reached in that case. It’s even easier to find yourself there if one is destitute or in poor health. But how about being grateful on a daily basis?
I’ve taught my children the need to be grateful as a principle. We pray about it, talk about our mountains and valleys at the dinner table and make sure we say “thank you” for gifts we receive and attention we are given. But often I’m horrible at practicing what I preach. I forget that gratitude is a mindset that, if employed regularly, somehow seems to make you a better person. Still, I have to remember how blessed I am for the little things in my life every single day. If I don’t, it seems I’m quick to become annoyed with others, feel inconvenienced with long lines or traffic, or become overly prideful about things that were never truly mine to begin with.
I’ve always heard that it’s better to ‘live in the moment’ and being constantly grateful is the only way I know how to do this.