Thursday, 17 March 2016

Mastering the Art of Gratitude

Glendalough, Ireland

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. Pablo Picasso

What transforms blobs of paint into something more, or words on a page into poetry or musical notes into a song or concerto? The hand of the artist and our ability to catch something of the meaning deep within us.

How does being appreciative transform me? Does it, can it? Yes I think it can. It can infuse our lives with that extra something and give us a tool, along with other things, to find a deeper meaning, a sense of ‘enough’.  People who work in hospices often speak about the remarkable ability some people have for bringing a sense of joy to others even when facing unimaginable personal difficulties and loss. They look outward and see what is good in life, in their lives.

“Mastering the art of gratitude is more than words or good manners – it is a way of life. It can take us out of the boundaries of our lives to welcoming the preciousness of life itself.  There is no price to be put on true gratitude.” Julia Alvarez

Today - I am very much a work-in-progress!

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