Gratitude can be an attitude that we embody during the most challenging times. Gratitude can be a cloak we cover our tired bodies with. Gratitude can be the wind we choose to set our sails to while riding the rocky seas. Gratitude can sooth the most exhausted mind. It can heal a broken heart. It can change your world, and the world of our animal family members.
But we have to choose it.
Gratitude is not a gift. It is not reserved for the elite, the special, or the few. It is who we are. It is who you are without all of the other thoughts, beliefs and judgments. Gratitude, like Love is always only a thought away.
I am reminded of this fact during every struggle. In fact, I am reminded of Gratitude when I look at how the animals move through their lives. I am reminded of the power of gratitude when I see them shine. When their light is brightest when there is a cloud above them. I am reminded of gratitude when they outshine me. It’s as if all the world could be falling apart, but they somehow remain grateful in their heart. They rise above it. They see beyond temporary, fleeting circumstances. They know that this too, shall pass.
I started thinking about how gratitude has pulled me out of my darkest depressions, my most intense anxieties, boredom, frustration, and anger. I thought about how much there is to be grateful for, even during the darkest hour. How gratitude has been a driving force pushing me through the past few months.
Then I thought about our animal family members. I wondered what they might be grateful for. What would they say “Thank you” for every day? Here is what I discovered. If they had to say “thanks” for the circumstances and gifts in their life, their lists might include these things…
Song credit: Aloe Blacc – Eyes Of A Child: https://soundcloud.com/interscope/aloe-blacc-eyes-of-a-child-2