Thursday, November 13, 2008

The greatest of virtues...

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. - Cicero

Have you ever noticed that when you show gratitude, it begets kindnesses in your direction, it attracts those things that make you feel good? Isn't that wonderful?

And it doesn't matter what it is you are grateful for, whether it be something momentous or even the mundane. Being mindful of these things is so important. They can be so easily forgotten or overlooked. But they are part of those tiny strings of existence that affect everything else.

Furthermore, what would life be like if no one appreciated one another? Would anyone laugh with another, cry with another, fight for another?

The solid truth is this: this singular act is just as important a virtue, an adhesive in civilization, as any other. Nay, more. The importance of every other is solely based on how it is received.

Plus, if it weren't for gratitude, what would we actually see? Flowers, oceans, smiles, hugs, gum, card games, tomatoes, running, frosty breath, gentleness, friendship, communication. Yes, these great things are around us all the time. But gratitude is the eyes through which we are truly able to see them.