Tuesday, September 10, 2013
You may have heard the expression, "Gratitude is not about having what you want, but wanting what you have." And the quality of grace is similar in that it implies the presence of a divine goodness and care permeating everything, even the things that look bleak or feel miserable. Faith means trusting in a force greater than yourself, even if you have no proof.
It seems to me that gratitude, grace, and faith go hand in hand. When we feel the presence of grace in our lives, we can't help but experience gratitude for all aspects our lives, and faith that everything will be okay in the long run. Or is it the other way around? Do the practices of gratitude and faith lead to the blissful state of grace---that warm, fuzzy feeling of being surrounded and enfolded with love, care, protection, and higher purpose (even when things aren't going well on the outside)?
When people say, "It's all good," I think it means they're working on mastering gratitude, grace, and faith. They may not actually believe that everything is good all the time, but they're committed to the practice and process of uplifting their own thoughts and emotions and sharing that intention with others. They're saying that they refuse to buy into the idea that anything could be inherently bad or without purpose. "It's all good" is a huge spiritual statement (even if it's sometimes annoying!)
This week, I ask you to look at your relationship to gratitude, grace, and faith. If these words sound soothing and attractive to you but you'd like help in strengthening them in your life, I suggest that you start a daily gratitude journal. Just write down everything you can think of that you're thankful for, even if you can only think of a few things. I'm confident that once you get started, your life will improve right away, and your gratitude, faith, and perception of grace will deepen and grow.