A Year of Gratitude

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I often find that my heart is hard and my responses are harsh.

I frequently experience moments of selfishness.

If you are like me (and I pray you are better than this), you know that we are less than grateful.  We are selfish and rarely satisfied.  Despite jobs that pay the bills and provide high levels of entertainment, a home that keeps us warm and dry, food in excess, and rich and full lives, we often yearn for more.  In the process, we fail to recognize the abundance of blessing in our lives.  We overlook the gifts for which we should be grateful.  We bypass the simple things that can warm our hearts if we allow them.2015.11.28_Morning Coffee

If simple little Piglet can understand the importance of gratitude, how is it that we, educated, sophisticated and well-heeled, can ignore this basic truth of life?   How hard would it be to stop and give thanks for those little things that mean so much to us?

For instance, today I am especially grateful for the first cup of coffee in the morning.  This dark liquid warms my heart and satisfies my soul.  With the first sip, I pause, and remember I am grateful.  May my very small heart hold a large amount of Gratitude.


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