Have we forgotten how to give thanks? Is sincere gratitude on the decline or the rise?
This week The Journey – Matchbox Mystery Radio Show is sprinkled with laughter, as university students from the Caribbean, Europe, US and South America explore the well of GRATITUDE. They discuss favorite movies most authentically expressive of their feelings of gratitude and appreciation of life then debate which hand each would pick to pluck him or her out of a deep hole. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE.
Charles Dickens gave us this advice. “Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has plenty not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.”
G.B Stern said, “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”
GRATITUDE: what is it? Isn’t it A GREAT ATTITUDE?
Balthazar Gracian said, “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.”
The Sage of A Sound Byte Life said, “Everyone living long enough will slip into a deep hole then look up for help. Three hands will appear: the hand of a hustler, the hand of a riddler and the hand of a clown. Choose wisely or be buried there.”
So what is GRATITUDE?
Is it a great attitude? Is it clasped hands lifted to lips silenced by the magnanimity of grace? Is it unvoiced thanks – nought but a gentle kiss: moistened lips resting upon ripe cheeks – the giver blooming? What is gratitude? Bitter sweet. There – but for the lifting hand – left to the glories of the hole. Grateful. Gratitude! The joy of gratefulness. A well of hope. A spring. Or is it a heart betook by the wonder of interdependence?
Traveling on The Journey through intriguing places and meeting fascinating people with novel solutions we encounter the many beautiful ways people LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE.
One of the more joyous experiences while exploring our individual feelings of gratitude came as we were enjoining Louie Schwartzberg’s TED presentation on Gratitude. Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer. Oh, blessed to have eyes, what a colorful feast!
We are reminded to “Look at the faces of people you meet. Each one has an incredible story . . . a story we could never fully fathom; not only their own story but the story of their ancestors . . . it’s like life giving water, if you only open your heart and drink.”
GRATITUDE. What is it? Is it on the decline or on the rise? Who will we pick to lift us out of the hole we’re in? Which hand are you, should a cry of help tickle your heart?
Live! Laugh! Love! This is your life: only you can live it.
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