Introducing Gratitude: One of our Six Pillars
Lumen Rain is a lifestyle brand movement with six pillars of action. The pillars represent how we want to be in life. The six pillars are: kindness, gratitude, compassion, balance, hard work and service.
This post introduces gratitude. We are all different and have different perspectives on gratitude This is how our team feels about gratitude.
Juli says: Gratitude is being thankful for somebody being kind to you. Whenever you have gratitude it is like returning the kindness. When your kindness is returned it just makes you feel even happier. Also the person returning the kindness feels better.
Jasmin says: What gratitude means to me is that you show thanks to everyone and vacuums (they clean for you *wink *wink). This includes people you know and don’t know. My family has an “I Love You Today” board so we can show each other why we love them and are grateful for them. This is nice because sometimes we don’t always say the things we are grateful for and this is a daily reminder. When you read the board and see a message that pertains to you, it makes you feel good.
Jordan says: Gratitude has never been a small thing for me. It’s an emotion, a roaring tsunami in picture perfect blue, that hits me in the best or worst of times. And I might skip around here, with my list of thoughts, but these are things that really stick out to me.
Last year I applied for NJHS officers, for president, vice president, and secretary. I got secretary, I got a job, but I was still disappointed. I realized it was stupid quickly, I got something and if I can’t be president, I’ll be the best dang secretary they’ve seen. (Also, the people chosen for president are the right people, I know.)
On another note, when I listen to music the emotion (mostly serene, sad, and calming) comes up so forcefully, it hits me hard how music is magic.
It also hits me just how beautiful the world around us is, and I’m sure we’ve all felt it, the feeling of being so small in such a big place full of wonders.
Just these few examples make me think of gratitude. I have nothing more to say, I’m so blessed. We all are.
Candyss says: What I love the most about gratitude is that it affirms there are good things in our lives and encourages us to repay them. Gratitude acknowledges our gifts and blessings received. By acknowledging our gifts, gratitude strengthens our relationships and helps us to focus on the positive.
I love the time spent writing thank you notes and picking out small gifts. This is dedicated time I can concentrate on a beautiful person in my life and celebrate him/her. I have been told thank you notes are going out of style, but gratitude never goes out of style.
This is by far my favorite pillar. I’ll have to work really hard to keep my thoughts brief. The power of gratitude lies in its ability to change our perspective, and perspective is everything. There are moments in life when I’ve been in very difficult situations. My ability to handle tough times, is directly related to my perspective and my perspective relies heavily on my level of gratitude. On the flip side, if my perspective is stuck in a low place, I’ve discovered that forcing myself to be grateful for what I do have no matter how small that is, starts to shift my perspective.
There was a time in my life when I felt very far away from God. I lost my mom when I was 24 and then dealt with postpartum depression. I know, those aren’t particularly things that middle school girls can relate to, but I tell you that to help you understand that I was not in a good place in my mind or my emotions. I prayed for help, and an odd thought came to my mind. I felt like I was supposed to start every day by opening the curtains around my house and saying out loud one thing I was grateful for at each window. It was weird, but I was willing to try anything. The first day, I had trouble thinking of enough things to be grateful for to cover every window, but as the days went by, I got better and better at it. I even caught myself thinking of things I was grateful for when I would look out a window, any window. Taking the step to be grateful and say it out loud, was the beginning of my healing process. It changed my perspective, and I continue to be grateful all of these years later because I know that gratitude keeps me from being inward focused and helps me to see the world in a better light.
I have one more small thought about gratitude. I just can’t stop! I really do love this pillar that much. A very wise woman once told me that in life we often walk around saying, “I have to do this. I have to do that.” She told me to try saying, “I get to” instead. Saying “get to” means that I’m changing my perspective. It means that I’m grateful for whatever is before. When I started saying, “I get to…” my whole world changed. Suddenly I realized that I get to make dinner because we have good food to eat. I get to make beds because I have clean sheets for my girls. I get to work because I’ve been given talents and skills that are valuable. Try saying “I get to” about the things in your life and see what happens.