Gratitude is important. And, yes, a bit trendy. So I’ll jump in and share some thoughts on how to level up your gratitude game. I recently read All Things Shining by Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly. The book suggests that gratitude gives us a substantial and perhaps a moral grounding in life.
But what I want to inject is the idea that something needs to preface gratitude: acceptance.
In order to be grateful you must first accept the current situation, set of characteristics, or facts involved.
This may seem nitpicky and already an expectation of the gratitude process. But what if this piece is overlooked?
You may be grateful for the mere fact of the positive results and the current state of your health. But is there more? Yes, there perhaps is, and this is where acceptance comes in. It’s relatively easy to accept the facts when faced with them. The results reflect the facts of your health.
But this isn’t necessarily gratitude.For gratitude there must be an additional acceptance of what those results mean. This acceptance may be that of the choices you made which helped lead to the results (refraining from action or choosing to act, diet, lifestyle, etc.). Or acceptance of the way in which you can now live your life.
In this way acceptance goes beyond the present state. It reflects back and anticipates forward.