So much wisdom on gratitude from David Steindl Rast in this On Being Podcast. I loved his description of happiness as something that passes and is based on circumstances whereas joy can be long term, is a choice we make and is not based on what is happening.
He explains gratitude as being present, seeing opportunity & availing yourself of it.
“Stop, behold and go. Stop, ask what is the opportunity of this given moment (that’s the beholding), when you see it, then go. Being grateful isn’t necessarily about what you’ve been given. In every moment you can be grateful, there could be the opportunity to learn, to protest….”
He explains that anxiety is fine, but fear paralyses us. If we trust in life we’ll come through that situation having given birth to something great.
Prayer is waterever lifts your spirit.