The Joy of Gratitude

McM circa 1990

In times of despair, sometimes all you have to say is “Thank You,” and for a few moments, it will feel like all your burdens have simply disappeared.

Thank You – 2 words, 8 letters to show gratitude for everything that is your life; what sucks, what works, your friends, your family, your antagonists, current lovers, past lovers, unrequited loves.

There’s a Latin phrase for this state of acceptance and gratitude

Amor Fati  

Love of one’s fate.

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This isn’t surrendering; it’s a moment when you show appreciation for all you are.

Most of us prefer to keep our dastardly deeds and unpleasant parts of our lives hidden in the dark. This is key. However, we are NOT our habits or actions. Those activities define our behavior, and our behavior is not who we are. Who we are is closely aligned with why we do what we do. The why is how we define our character…and in this life, our character is who we are to fulfill our destiny.

In the movie, The Family Man, Jack Campbell (Nicholas Cage) says, “the  biggest part of judging character is knowing yourself.” He made this claim to allow others to understand that he knew what he would do in any given situation. Spoiler: The movie is about fate and destiny.”

Knowing yourself isn’t a new concept. It is, however, the most important lesson you will ever undertake.

The Mysteries (a religious system) of Ancient Egypt charged its students to “Know Thy Self.” Another ancient culture is still in existence. The Yoruba people speak of Ori 1, an individual’s human consciousness, destiny & fate.

When you show appreciation for all that’s in your life – it forces you to take inventory of life, and when you do – showing gratitude may be the one action you can take to help you determine if you’re on YOUR path.

Say “thank you” for it all. In the grand scheme of things, it’s what makes you, you. If you don’t already know and love yourself, really love yourself; start by being grateful.