Where Gratitude Leaves Us
We use the word “gratefulness” during the fall as Thanksgiving approaches. We remember the things we’re grateful for. And yet, I find it challenging to take a stance of gratitude during times of stress or emotional pain. I believe that the more vulnerable we become about how we’re feeling, the more we’re able to internalise our mental state.
What would happen if we prioritised conversations on mental health and self-care? I think our mental health is extremely important, and we should develop a stance of being grateful each and every day—even though it can be difficult at times when we don’t feel like talking about our daily struggles.
I think it can certainly help to talk to a trusted friend who cares for you and your well-being and begin growing in gratitude together. Rather than shying away from the topics of mental health and mental illness, we should encourage talking about it and recognizing that none of us has it all together 24/7—and that’s truly something to be grateful for.
I’ve grown significantly in this past year in my spiritual development through the daily practice of being grateful. I believe when we have an open heart and practice living with intentions of gratefulness and growing in a Christ-like mindset, it makes all the difference in the world.