“‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
I was inspired to write this post from what I have been observing in people around me.
We live in an abundant world where almost anything we need we can get access to yet I see so many unhappy people scurrying from here to there, yet never sensing any real sense of appreciation and gratitude for all they have.
This post was originally going to be about gratitude, however as I researched more on the subject I stumbled upon the idea of appreciation.
Even though the two terms are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Gratitude is a powerful state of being, but appreciation is more in tune with your natural, authentic self.
This post sways back and forth between both gratitude and appreciation. I at least hope by the time you are done reading this you will have a better grasp of both these concepts.
What I see
I see people get into their car and they have to turn the radio on. They go into a room and they have to turn the television on.
They have to be constantly talking or in a conversation with people. What they are doing is filling the silence.
People are often uncomfortable with the silence. It’s in the silence when you let your mind go where it wants to go. You set it free to explore itself.
In the silence is where you begin to get the insights and the inspirations and make the connections that take you out of mind into consciousness, which is beyond the mind.
Being inspired, feeling gratitude and appreciation for life cannot be experienced if you are stuck in your mind.
There is always, always something to be grateful for, and this is why I make it a practice to be grateful and appreciate even the smallest things daily.
Feeling inspired is not always the way I feel and this is the reason I enjoy sharing inspirational quotes on my social media sites.
They help me to get into that inspired state of being where everything just seems to flow so effortlessly and easily.
Reading or hearing inspirational words make me feel more in tuned with my natural self. Whenever I feel the need to be inspired, I usually search You Tube for videos that will help me feel inspired.
Sometimes I search for a particular speaker like Bashar or Abraham, and other times I just type in the search box, “inspirational speakers”, or something like that.
This usually gives me a list of spiritual and personal growth speakers being both inspirational and motivational.
I usually try to find someone I never heard of yet so that I can be open to new inspirational speakers while listening to their words of inspiration.
Inspirational sayings example:
“An obstacle is often a stepping stone.”
“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”
“Sometimes silence is a really good answer.”
“When nothing goes right, go left.”
“Don’t judge someone just because they sin differently than you.”
“Dear God, I want to take a minute not to ask for anything, but simply to say Thank You for all that I have.”
Tony Robbins and Sir John Templeton
I recall listening to a Tony Robbins CD over a decade ago. The topic was Financial Mastery.
Tony interviewed Sir John Templeton who was a billionaire investor and mutual fund pioneer. Templeton credited one thing for his financial success; GRATITUDE.
He believed humility lies at the heart of a better human future.
Sir John knew about life’s pain, too. The death of his first wife was untimely.
But he felt that human suffering has its purposes and saw life on earth as an opportunity to grow in spirituality and virtue. “Maybe the earth was designed as a place of hardship because it is the best way to build a soul—the best way to teach spiritual joy versus the bodily ills.”
“Count your blessings and you will have an attitude of gratitude.” ~Sir John Templeton
Gratitude vs Appreciation
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Appreciation is defined as the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. A full understanding of a situation.
As you can see the meaning to these two words are very similar. However, at an energetic level (feeling/tune) they are not an exact match.
Love and appreciation are identical in terms of energetic equivalence. Appreciation is the absence of fear and resistance to the present moment – which is what love is in a nutshell.
Whereas gratitude, while being a high vibration, is not quite at the same level as appreciation.
Gratitude often comes after overcoming a struggle. It has to do with a sense of relief from a once pressing situation.
In a sense appreciation would be the higher feeling place to go to then gratitude, even though gratitude is just a notch below it.
Gratitude is felt after you get what you want. You appreciate what you have been given, even if it’s not quite what you asked for.
Just like you are grateful for being given food when you are hungry, you can also appreciate the work and creativity that went into creating it.
You probably wouldn’t feel grateful if someone close to you died, unless they were suffering from a debilitating disease.
You could learn appreciation from someone’s death by realizing how undetermined our time on Earth is.
Abraham Hicks gives this explanation of the two. “When you feel gratitude, often you are looking at a difficulty that you have overcome, but there is still some of that “struggle” vibration present. The state of appreciation is seeing whatever you are looking at through the eyes of Source. You could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of people would find reason to criticize or worry about, and you would not have access to them because your vibration of appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature.”
Gratitude is an Attitude
Gratitude sounds a lot like attitude doesn’t it?
Attitude is defined as a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.
Learning how to be grateful is an art form that works best with practice. Daily practice of gratitude will not only make you feel better, but it will also allow you to have a life that is more in alignment with who you really are.
When you are in a state of gratitude and appreciation you literally raise the value of your life experience instead of diminishing its inherent value.
This is probably the major reason that employees want to be appreciated for the work they do as much as they want the appreciation to be shown by their employer by receiving a higher paycheck.
It’s no wonder most employees couldn’t care less about their jobs or how hard they work.
Their meager earnings (lack of appreciation) doesn’t allow them to fully express all that they are. It actually limits their contribution.
What is Gratitude?
Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
When you feel grateful you are more in tune with your true, natural self then when you are not feeling grateful.
Gratitude is not only about words, it’s also about the emotional aspect of yourself. Your smile, the way you walk, your eyes, all radiate your level of gratitude for life.
Not only does this level of gratitude in yourself affect you, it affects everyone you come in contact with as well.
The world needs your gratitude because so many people are completely unaware of how ungrateful they are behaving.
Feelings of entitlement, deserving more and so on are very common in our world because most people haven’t been taught the importance of gratitude and appreciation.
Daily Prayer of Gratitude
Before you start your day, while still in bed, name as many things as you can that you are appreciative for. Name things, circumstances and people that make your life better.
You can also do this before going to bed too.
I don’t do this every day, but when I do my whole day is drastically improved.
Say “Thank You”
The uncomplicated act of saying “Thank You” to people can make a positive change in that person’s life.
Phoning them, emailing them, stopping by to say thank you and just using that second out of your life to let them know why you are appreciative towards them is very important to them.
People enjoy being appreciated for who they are and what they do. It costs you very little, however helps make another person joyful. And making another person happy will ultimately make you happy.
Any time someone does anything nice for you personally, however modest, always remember to say “Thank You”.
Often I say out loud “Thank You” for no apparent reason. What I am stating to the Universe is my appreciation, and when I do this and feel grateful and full of appreciation on a regular basis, the Universe or my multi-verse tends to reward me with what I want and truly need.
The opposite is also true.
If you feel very negative for a long period of time, your world will reflect this back to you.
This all has to do with feelings and emotions that you carry within you. The world matches the tune you are carrying. The world is a mirror and can only project to you what you are feeling.
This is why I believe we need to stay positive by being grateful for all the good things life gives us and to appreciate the outcomes in life whether we wanted it or not.
We have a tendency to focus too much on all the things that aren’t working out, or all the things in the past that have gone wrong, or we tend to project into the future bad events that may happen.
All of these negative projections will affect your tune which will eventually affect your reality if you are not careful.
However you can reduce the impact of “negative events” by being appreciative for them.
Perhaps they have a lesson to teach you, or perhaps the so called negative event is really a blessing in disguise if you just give it enough time to see it through.
It’s a good idea that you don’t have every single wish fulfilled at one time because you wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in the future.
It is easy to be thankful for the blessings life offers us however a satisfying life comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Lastly, your life will greatly improve once you learn to be grateful for 100% of the experiences you are having for then you will finally be free to enjoy your life.
You can’t just be happy about wanted things and at the same time feel disgusted about the unwanted circumstances.
Once you are able to master this aspect of gratitude you will begin to notice less and less unwanted circumstances and more and more of the wanted circumstances.
“Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.”
9 Gratitude and Appreciation Quotes
“Everything that you want to create with respect to the world you truly prefer is to do it with not only your excitement, but with humility, integrity and no expectation of how or when it’s going to happen while having an attitude of gratitude.” – Bashar
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy
“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker
“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung
“We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” – Michelle Obama
“It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”- Eckhart Tolle