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The Circle of Gratitude

Updated on April 19, 2009

The gratitude campaign

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Gratitude is such a tiny word and yet encompasses so much. When we get so caught up in the humdrum routines of our lives, we sometimes forget to say, Thank you, to our Creator, or to people around us.

When I was a child, I used to observe that when my grandpa woke up in the mornings he would whisper a few words quietly before getting out of bed. I one day asked him what he said and to whom. He told me he was thanking God for giving him another day, when he could get out of bed, brush his teeth, eat his breakfast, and go about his daily chores, without having to depend on anyone else. He was grateful for God’s blessings, big and small throughout his life.

Of course, sometime during the day he might lose his temper, if he was told that he could not eat the roast pork his wife had made or his secret stash of cigarettes were confiscated, but that didn’t stop him from always being grateful for all his blessings. In most people’s books, he had little to be grateful for. He hadn’t led an easy life, being orphaned at an early age, 2 of his children had died before their teens, and his profession had been a tough one, but he never gave up on life and God. He was a rather contented man and got by with whatever little he had, passing away peacefully at the age of 89 with a smile on his lips.

I have a little, white pebble, which I picked up from a beautiful white beach. Nothing very special about it…it is smooth and has some grey veins running across it. I call it my gratitude stone. I keep it on my desk where I can see it and everyday I hold it and remind myself of some of the things I am grateful for. When I am in an especial whiny kind of mood and need to remind myself that I am blessed, I hold it for an even longer time. All of us have problems in life and sometimes those problems can seem to have no solution and we wallow in a morass of self-pity. This may be fine for a short while, since grief needs its cathartic stage. However, Self-pity is one of most depressive and consuming shortcomings that we can indulge in. It cuts us off from our friends and family because of its extravagant demand for attention and sympathy. . It is a mawkish kind of martyrdom, which none of us can really afford. The best way to pull oneself out of a state of self-pity would be to remember all that we are grateful for.

Today I am grateful for…

  • My husband’s continued good health
  • My mother keeping well, in spite of health constraints
  • My dad being able to work so passionately past the age of 75, after a heart attack.
  • My daughter enjoying and excelling at her job
  • My circle of friends who mean the world to me
  • Being a citizen of a country where I have freedom of expression
  • Being able to read and appreciate hubs from so many parts of the world

 I do have my fair share of Hallelujah moments for which I am truly grateful.

So how do we send that message of how grateful we are out to the world? A smile directed at a stranger, a compliment to a colleague, a day spent with a troubled friend, a pat on a child’s back, a thoughtful little gesture for a sick neighbour...it all doesn’t end with you…but passes on like ripples to the next person and then to the next.And we have a circle of eternal gratitude..

And this is my wish for all those who read this hub-

May your good be better and your better be blessed...

So what are YOU grateful for??



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      CRISTINE TREMOR 5 years ago

      THANKS HUB! AT LEAST YOU HAVE A SECTION CONCERNING ABOUT GRATITUDE. SAYING THANKS EVEN A SMALL THINGS OR EVEN ON TRIALS REALLY MAKES US STRONG. IN OR OUT, UP OR DOWN GOOD OR BAD, COMBINES TOGETHER AND THAT IS LIFE. LIFE IS THE MOST WONDERFUL GIFT OF GOD. THEREFOR WE MUST SAY THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THE WONDERFUL GIFT WE HAVE.

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      Cleanclover 7 years ago from Piece of land!

      I give thanks everyday :-) for allthe small things i receive. Thank you for this wonderful hub

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Your comment brought a tear to my eyes mdawson.I do hope your grandfather was able to read with your help.

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Very nice writing with beautiful meanings within it and beyond it.  Your words are an excellent reminder of what I need to do more.       Thank you!

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      mdawson17 8 years ago

      I want to Thank-You for this hub! So many times we look at our blessings as expectations we expect these simple things in our lives! However I can remember my Grandfather did not know how to read until one day he so desperatly wanted to read God's Word, He asked me to come into his room that he needed to talk to me, He said he was going to tell me something that very little people knew he said he did not know how to read (He was 64 and just diagnosed with cancer)! He asked me if I would teach him how to read so before he passed he would know Jesus as everone else knew him!  I remember thinking to myself how in the world did he run his own buisness and further more how hard it had to of been to hide it for all those years! Being Grateful is a wonderful gift of praise to our heavenly Father above! Seeing someone grateful is a wonderful and powerful gift to us!

      Wonderful Hub

      God Bless

      mdawson17

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Thanks Darlene and Latrelle...yes, I think we need to take time off to count our blessings

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      Latrelle Ross 8 years ago

      This is great! I take time everyday to think of at least 10 things I'm grateful for. It totally changes you perspective ~ especially if you're feeling sorry for yourself ;~D

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      DarleneMarie 8 years ago from USA

      Very nice Hub diana! We all should be grateful more often for the simple to the huge blessings in our lives.

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Gratitude Raj in the sense, that we don't forget all our blessings when we tend to whine about what we don't have.

      Thank you Marisue,djrana and Nivas

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      djrana0 8 years ago from Dhaka,Mirpur-10,Bangladesh

      Excellent site

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      marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

      Excellent reminder of how to get beyond that which aggravates or gives us pain, and enjoy the moments of glory and blessings. Thank you!!

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      nivas 8 years ago from Texas

      Hi Dia,

      A wonderful hub on gratitude. An attitude of gratitude will always take us to new heights. Very well written. I like the idea of gratitude stone. Blessings will always increase with the gratitude we show every day.

      nivas ameya

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      Raj kamal 8 years ago from Guntur, A.P., India

      A very well poised hub. If you don't mind, We are what we are because we have worked hard to that end. What is there in it to be grateful ?

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Yes William...sobriety is definitely something to be grateful for.

      Ritu...you are right, it is so easy to get into the blaming pattern.

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      You always put things so beautifully Sally...thank you for your kind words.

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      Yes Jas, it is all about attitude. And you know you are one of those wonderful friends :)

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      dianacharles 8 years ago from India

      At FP..do you know people actually buy gratitude stones, rather than just pick one off a beach or road? :P

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      Phoenixritu 8 years ago

      Wonderful hub! Gratitude is so essential to maintain your balance in life. Its way too easy to be negative and ignore all the good things one is blessed with

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      Williamjordan 8 years ago from Houston TX

      Great hub I reminded that gratitude is an action word I reed to be grateful everyday for my soberity.

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      Sherri 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      The little gratitude stone is so much bigger than it looks, isn't it? You took a little something and gave it meaning, so that when you look at it or hold it now, it brings you into touch with the things that matter inside yourself. That's a beautiful gift, dianacharles. A gift you've given us all. Thank you.

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      Jaspal 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's a lovely video Diana. And a really nice hub .... I can be happy looking at, appreciating and being grateful for all that I have, or I can be sorrrowful thinking of what someone or the other has and I don't. It's all about attitude. Also about one's upbringing.

      You are so lucky and blessed in your parents and grandparents and how they raised you.

      So am I. And there is so much more. Not the least is the lot of wonderful friends - and you are one of them.

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago

      Lovely sentiments Di...and I love the idea of a gratitude stone. Everyone has something to be grateful for, unfortunately for some it's just not enough. I am grateful for good health, good friends, my family, work that I enjoy, and myriad little things...