“A Grateful Heart is a loving heart. A heart often becomes grateful because it has experience in being ungrateful. It has become a grateful heart because it has realized there is much to be grateful for despite life’s trials and difficult times.” -Ron Barnes
How do we develop and show a loving heart?
Sharing, not giving more than you have, but sharing in what you have, is one way to build a grateful heart. One of my favorite hymns is ‘Because I have been given much’. Regardless of your religious beliefs or non-beliefs the words convey a message of what behavior one with a grateful heart would display. It’s an acknowledgement that one has much and shares what they have to bring joy to the existence of others.
The hymns lyrics are:
Because I have been given much, I too must give.
Because of thy great bounty, Lord each day I live.
I shall divide my gifts from thee with every brother that I see,
who has the need of help from me.
Because I have been sheltered, fed by thy good care…
I cannot see another’s lack and I not share-
my glowing fire, my loaf of bread-my roof’s safe shelter over-head,
that he too may be comforted.
Because I have been blessed by thy great love dear Lord,
I’ll share thy love again according to thy word.
I shall give love to those in need. I’ll show that love by word and deed,
thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.
How do you determine how much is enough or more?
You take stock of what you have, not what you lack. Now this is not to say that aspiring to doing, being or having more is not good, it means you do not focus and/or dwell on what you lack. If you want more, focus on the positive steps in working towards it. Allow your mind to be creative. And then appreciate that very creativity. Look for situations where you can modify or change.