World Gratitude Day and International Day of Peace...Does It Get Any Better!
World Gratitude Day originated in 1965 in Hawaii by an international group who felt we needed one day set aside to express our gratitude for what we have.
The International Day of Peace was first celebrated in 1981 by the United Nations. In 2001 it was designated by the Assembly as a day of Non-violence and Cease-fire.
The interconnection between the two is serendipitous in that each leads to the other.
Being grateful for our lives and the people in them opens our minds and hearts to seeing the world around us in a more positive way. We become more accepting of the small irritants we encounter.
It isn’t always easy. When you consider what the whole world has been through since the beginning of 2020, it might be a reach to find what you’re grateful for.
But everything is relative, isn’t it?! I am grateful that this whole pandemic occurred in a time when technology afforded us the ability to still “see” our family and friends, not to mention to continue our work.
Being back in Houston...my roots...and with my family during this time brings me gratitude. Living in a state where people still say “please” and “thank you” and treat you as if they’ve known you forever is joy to me.
When you recognize and appreciate what you have, you find inner peace. Your inner soul, which you project to others makes those around you want to find the peace and joy you’ve found.
What are you grateful for today?
What brings you peace?
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