Yesterday, I was grateful for fear. After writing them down and facing them last night, I actually woke up feeling refreshed this morning (even after several snooze moments.) 😉

It’s weird to be grateful for fear, isn’t it? But I am. I realized that by facing my fears, it will make me become so much more aware of how I still tend to self-sabotage my happiness–and that, Ladies and Gentlemen, I refuse to continue to do.

Now, on to gratefulness!

Being grateful is one of the major components of living a happy and miraculous life, and it was serendipitous that I had received David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk on gratefulness last week from my friend, C.

I had meant to actually write about it that day last week, but something else usurped it, but today, I think, is the perfect day to share it and reflect because as David mentioned in his TEDTalk, “if you’re grateful, you’re not fearful.”

David said that we all want to be happy, and this is what we all have in common. He then asked, “is it really the happy people who are grateful?”

He, then, gave an example of comparing a set of people who had everything that could make them happy, but they were not and a set of those who experienced tragedies, yet were still grateful.

“We all know people who have lots of misfortunes that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy, they radiate happiness. Why? Because they are grateful… So it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

Have you ever experienced being given something of great value to you and it was fully given with no strings attached? How did it make you feel?

To live gratefully, David said that we need to see every moment as a gift–as “precious” and “a great opportunity.” It is up to us to be aware and to choose to be grateful for each given moment–whether to simply enjoy it or if it is a lesson, to learn from it.

David, then, provides a guide that can help. It is: Stop, Look, and Go

Stop… Slow down so you can perceive each moment and not miss an opportunity.

Look… Use all your senses, see the beauty in all of life, so that you are open to opportunities. Opportunities to enjoy life, to help others, or to learn.

Go… Do something. Enjoy the opportunity that life gives you with each present moment.

Please consider watching David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk (link below). It’s beautiful and profound.

I am grateful for, well… gratefulness. For gratefulness will make us happy!


David Steindl-Rast

David Steindl-Rast’s TEDTalk – “Want to be happy? Be grateful”

Image captured from the TEDTalk