"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
The Gratitude Game
It's as easy as saying thank you.
I did one of those popular Facebook analyses yesterday and discovered that my most frequently used word on that platform is "thanks". I like that. How timely.
Whether you're feeling as though you don't have enough (of anything) or are freaked out by some immediate or world situation, sit yourself down with a pen and paper and play the gratitude game.
Make a list of everything you have to be grateful for. Breakfast, potable hot and cold running water, a place to live, shoes, eyesight, hands, transportation, a friend, your animal companion, the ability to open your heart to another living creature, to give of yourself...Start with the basics. You may be able to write for pages.
That's all. It's pretty simple. A good exercise in bringing your attention right back to the present moment and the most important things.
If you're in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving.
Read Art Buchwald's Le Grande Thanksgiving. (My perennial favorite.)
If you're here or elsewhere in the world, Happy Full Moon (tomorrow at 5:44 PM EST).
"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for."