“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” - Epicurus
Wednesday, November 13th, is World Kindness Day. And later this month you might celebrate Thanksgiving and/or Hanukkah. This is a time to be thankful and grateful to everyone and everything in your life. And a great time to give back.
How do YOU show gratitude?
Maybe you donate time to a food pantry to give to those who have less than you. Maybe you will give an unwrapped gift to a needy child. Maybe you will say thank you or send a thank you note to someone who did something thoughtful for you.
What does gratitude have to do with the Martial Arts?
Take a moment, maybe 2 minutes, and sit or kneel, with no distractions. Now close your eyes and prepare to meditate and think about who and what you are grateful for.
Now think of your accomplishments, your life, family, friends… What is happening?
You are reminding yourself of the positive things in your life
Maybe you can see how to turn something bad into something good. “Think positive! Be solutions-oriented.”
Remind yourself what is important in life
Think of everyone you need to say “thank you” to
To show gratitude you need to understand respect. Respect is one of the first things you were taught. So when you respect someone, like your instructor, you are thankful for the time, attention, and encouragement they give you. By bowing to them you show respect and gratitude.
“Don’t take gratitude for granted because it is one of the simplest yet most powerful things. Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
The simple act of thinking about who and what you are grateful for can make a big difference in your life. It can make you feel very happy about your life.
And when you show gratitude to others, you will make them feel happy too.
A great example of showing gratitude is Master G. She is celebrating a Month of Gratitude & Giving at Soulauras.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve you.