We take so many things for granted. Should we not be grateful for our health, our minds, our bodies, and our spirits? Should we not be grateful for our spouses, partners, children, parents, and friends? Should we not be grateful for the roof over our heads? Should we not be grateful that we have running water and heating at home? That we have clothes, laptops, Internet, Wifi, mobile phones, all kinds of transport, music, books, and civilization at our fingertips? We have so much to be grateful for. If we focus on what we don’t have, we repel the very things we want. If we focus on the riches we already possess, we become happy and grateful and we attract more of what we want.
In the words of Cicero, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues, but the parent of all the others.” The others virtues are humility, kindness, patience, diligence, charity, moderation, and abstinence. In our media-saturated society today, our senses are stimulated towards the vices of pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust. Gratitude is the antidote to these vices. It cannot co-exist with these vices. If you’re in a grateful state, try and see if you can be envious. It’s simply not possible. Gratitude blocks envy and all the other vices. Without the spirit of gratitude, our endeavors are temporary and fleeting. This is why I believe the Spirit of Gratitude is the key to our success, in whatever we endeavor to do.