As Thanksgiving creeps ever closer, references to gratitude are everywhere. Whether it is a gratitude challenge among Facebook friends, hymns of thanksgiving in a worship service, or advertisements featuring a smiling family around a table full of food, we are surrounded by reminders of the upcoming holiday and what it represents.
But gratitude is so much more than a feeling or a sentimental remembrance: it is a decision we all have the power to make. We can have every advantage in the world but feel miserable and deprived. Conversely, we can be in the midst of great challenges and choose to give thanks for anything - however small - that gives us a glimpse of hope on the horizon. By choosing to be grateful irrespective of our circumstances, we can unlock gratitude's transformative power.
Is there something in your life that can be transformed by gratitude? Can you make the decision to be grateful?