What do you think about, when you see the words gratitude and generosity? Do they make you smile? Does it give you a warm positive feeling? Do you remember the last time someone said something to you that expressed their gratitude for what you did and why it was so meaningful to them?

noun: gratitude

Is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

I grew up in the 1950’s and mom and dad insisted on teaching us good manners. That included saying, “thank you” and learning early on the importance of showing gratitude for what others did for you. Gratitude comes from the heart. It’s not a requirement of “tit for tat” it’s simply is. Just because you care enough to express out loud to someone you appreciate, because they deserve to hear it.

Who have you thanked recently? Just because …

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracey

Every day that we are able to wake up, and be alive is a day for gratitude. We get to be here, to do something, to live, to make a difference, to have an impact, to choose what we are going to do for the next 24 hours in the day. Are you making choices for each day based on an attitude of gratitude, knowing that TODAY could be THE DAY YOU make a DIFFERENCE? In your life, or the life of others?

What if you knew that each day started with a clean slate, and today the past was forgiven, and the future was in your hands, to paint your rainbow of life based on your ability to dream, have vision, be positive, believe, have faith, and trust? Would you go for it? Would you step up and be ready to do whatever it takes? Life’s principles require you to be ready, to believe before it’s here. Do you have that belief?

Can you be thankful in the waiting?

“I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about the power of generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know about sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to me broken, and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude, because I am thankful for all of it." – Kristin Armstrong

Today, are you prepared in your heart and mind to be grateful? No matter what your circumstances are, the pain, the suffering, the most feared consequence…can you be grateful? I know how hard this is. I have been left for dead on the side of a two-lane highway. I have been beaten, abused, lied to and have every reason to be bitter, angry and filled with hate for those who did those serious things in my life. BUT. That only hinders me. Forgiveness sets me free. It opens the door to the ability to be grateful. If I can…you can. With God’s help we can.

noun: generosity

The quality of being kind and generous
The quality or fact of being plentiful or large

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” – Frank A. Clark

Whenever I think about generosity, I think about plentiful… an unending relentless ability to give whenever the circumstance arrives. It’s a hidden grace. It doesn’t look for recognition. It just does what is needed.

I have been the recipient of tremendous generosity, in serious need and it has brought me to my knees in gratitude, even when I did not deserve it. I have been clothed, fed and guided by men and women who gave selflessly to fulfill my most basic needs.

“Make space in your life for the things that matter, for family, friends, love and generosity, fun and joy. Without this you will burn out in mid career and wonder where your life went.” – Jonathan Sacks

Each day is an opportunity to give. What can we give? Our time, our love, our wisdom, our efforts, our talents… We have endless ability to give, if we are willing. And the joy from helping others exceeds any material accomplishment.

“Have a heart and mind of gratitude and generosity, coupled with humility and you have a recipe for life of loving relationships and memories.”

My prayer for you as you read this is, that you will ask yourself: “What am I grateful for? Who do I need to thank? Who has given to me, when I needed it most? Did I thank them? What can I do for others? Where can I give generously?
It will bless your life, and the life of others as you embrace gratitude and generosity.