When I write these posts, I often just start typing and what comes, comes. I thought about this post a fair bit driving into work this morning at 2:45 AM. I reflected on the days that I spent in North Carolina with my family, and how I would have far preferred to be there to just about anywhere else. I also thought about how lucky we are to be able to spend that time in the mountains with family that loves us and whom we can tolerate—even enjoy—being with for a week.
Being grateful is one thing, and a good thing, but gratitude is something different. Gratitude is active. You can be grateful, but you show gratitude. I don’t think I ever reflected on the difference, but as I sat down to write this post, I was struck by the distinction. I was grateful to have been in North Carolina, but did I show gratitude for being there? I thanked my parents, and David, who graciously allowed us to stay on his property, and, perhaps, this was enough. Still, I am nagged by the thought that I could have done more.
It is a new year, and in this new year I will make a concerted effort to actively show gratitude for what I have been given. I have worked incredibly hard for the life I have, but in many ways, I have been blessed with things that I could never have received without a great deal of grace. I am slowly recognizing this, and I am grateful for all of the blessings in my life. Gratitude, like faith, without action is nothing.
So, thank you, one and all, for all that I have been given, and all that I am able to give. As I start this new year, the first of a new decade, I will continue to reflect on these thoughts of gratitude. Perhaps they will nag at me even in the times where I want to be anything but grateful. Life is a journey, not a destination, and like this forest path, I will try my heartfelt best to walk it with gratitude.