REAL GRATITUDE, PROACTIVE GRATITUDE, UNCONDITIONAL GRATITUDE
Favorite passage about gratitude in book, Be Happy by William Holden. May this inspire your life as it has mine! Love and light, Silvia
- Proactive gratitude – Gratitude is conscious reaction to things, people, situations, and outcomes that you deem to be good or positive. This attitude of gratitude is mostly reactive. That is it exists because something happens first. But PROactive gratitude is based on a decision to enjoy something BEFORE it happens. Mantra: I intend to appreciate and give thanks for today, no matter what happens.
- Unconditional gratitude – Gratitude based on a faith that everything that happens or doesn’t happen in your life is for your own best interests. That we live in a purposeful universe. Life is always for you; it is never against you. It is a fact that blessings sometimes come wrapped in fear, pain, and tears. In choosing to practice unconditional gratitude you are choosing to trust the process, to honor your feelings and to place your faith in an outcome of inevitable grace.
- Gratitude as spiritual realization – Gratitude stems from revelation that you are what you seek. This type of gratitude is based on deep spiritual realization that you are created perfectly, and that everything you have chased after and longed for – love, happiness, peace, is already yours. It is therefore a homecoming and a chance to finally rest. This real gratitude is based on a thanksgiving for your true identity. It teaches you that happiness does not leave its source. In other words, happiness does NOT COME AND GO; what comes and goes is your awareness of happiness. It also teaches you that what is truly valuable already belongs to you.