Gratitude seems to be the magic word, the key to achieve peace and happiness; but what is being grateful really about?
When you open your heart and your mind to accept the interaction of the universe and others with you, you are grateful. It is not a matter of saying thanks, instead, it is the smile after the cold breeze freezes your face in winter, the serenity when your plans change unexpectedly, the contentment after realizing your money fell through a whole on your jacket. You see, without cold days you wouldn't be able to appreciate the amazing miracles of spring and the sweet warm summer; I know you may had been late, but you were not in front of that car who lost its breaks, you simply got to the traffic light afterwards; and maybe someone in need found your hard earned money and put it to good use, and thanks to that, the energy of prosperity is still moving around.
Being gracefully grateful is about accepting, understanding and forgiving what is presented in front of you, because when you say thank-you with a low tone, just to be polite, you are just reciting words, taking away their meaning.
We are not here to teach life lessons or to change others, we are here to witness life and to participate showing our own growth and learning processes as a testimony of the state of grace.
Being grateful is not censoring or ruling over others' actions, but instead understanding that they are doing what they can with the tools they have, that they are in a different stage in life than you. We can kindly lead by example instead of creating situations to force change.
Being grateful is honoring others by respecting and truly loving what and who they are, without passing judgement or making them feel guilty or ashamed of themselves. That is showing grace and being thankful!
When you decide to look at the glass as if it is always half full you are showing your graceful gratefulness, so keep infusing your thoughts with positive energy and connect with the universe, accepting its magnificent and giving thanks for the privilege of experiencing life as it is!!!