Earlier this year, I finished reading The Book of Joy, a series of conversations between His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
One quote in particular stuck out with me:
“When you are grateful,’ Brother Steindl-Rast explained, ‘you are not fearful, and when you are not fearful, you are not violent. When you are grateful, you act out of a sense of enough and not out of a sense of scarcity, and you are willing to share. If you are grateful, you are enjoying the differences between people and respectful to all people. The grateful world is a world of joyful people. Grateful people are joyful people. A grateful world is a happy world.”
Yes, let’s be grateful today. For our friends, our families, our loved ones. For our health and safety and livelihoods. But let’s be grateful every day too.
By inhabiting a posture of gratitude, we do our part in making the world a little bit better.