gratitude and the importance thereof

Sometimes life grabs hold of us and we forget how important gratitude is. We know we are lucky, blessed in fact. But we forget.


We forget that what makes us so blessed is the smallest of small things.The wink, the smile, the compliment, the cup of tea, the listening ear, the hidden strength - the small things we forget to say thank you for. We forget mostly because we are consumed by the big things - the things we sometimes think matter the most.


And yes, it's wonderful to have big things that consume our attention and perhaps they matter. But not the most. What matters the most - what is the most beloved - is to be grateful for the kind heart and the soft smile. And then returning it one hundred fold.