"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." — Melody Beattie
There’s a Proverb that says those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well. Everything that we have today is made possible by those who came before us. The Greek philosopher Cicero once said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others.” What this suggests is that if we seek to foster gratitude in our lives, if we choose to celebrate all that is, seeing everything as a gift, rather than resenting all that is, seeing everything as a burden, then we will give birth to the opportunity for virtuous blessings in all aspects of our lives.
Today, as we continue to observe Memorial Day, I suggest that we ask these important questions: What are we grateful for? What blessings have we been gifted with due to the sacrifice of others? I believe these questions are a call to action, so the final questions become: What responsibility does the sacrifices of others bestow upon us? What are we going to do to honor those who came before us?
GRATITUDE. It’s a power Word, and I'm looking forward with anticipation and excitement to hearing about what you do with it.
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Jonas Cain is a Positivity Consultant, Learning Experience Designer, and Facilitator of Fascination for Hashtag Positivity, a social entrepreneurship helping emerging leaders and their influencers stay alive, smile, and thrive through the development of social emotional skills.