Finding Time to Be Thankful for Little as Well as for Much

42-16223211Finding time to be thankful is something that we’ve written about in the past, here on The Time Finder.  When we express gratitude, what do we express it for? Is gratitude about size or quantity or something else entirely? If you make me dinner, it seems obvious that I will thank you. If you give me a drink of water on a hot day, do I do the same? I would — but perhaps some would not.

Why is that?

Today I’d like to focus on an aspect of gratitude that is summed up in the following proverb:

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. Estonian Proverb

Gratitude has to do, not so much with the actions of others, but with the expectations that we have about life.

If I expect others to give me what I need or want, then when they do so, I’m not so much grateful as satisfied that my expectations are being fulfilled. Conversely, if I do not carry that expectation then I am frequently and pleasantly surprised by kind or generous gestures … and I feel grateful for them.

On the flip side of this coin, if I expect others to give me what I need or want, when they do NOT do so, I am likely to feel let down and disappointed. This is a big energy drain.  If I do not harbor that unrealistic expectation, I am not setting myself up for disappointment.

Attitude of Gratitude

Approaching each moment with minimal expectations helps us to notice the small and large gifts that come our way almost constantly in our lives.  The key is not about the size of the other person’s gesture but about the expectations that we bring to our lives.

The attitude of gratitude enriches our moments and relieves us of the perpetual disappointment that unrealistic expectations bring.

Do you find time to feel grateful and to say thank you? I’d love to hear!

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