Monday, February 21, 2011
Gratitude is a Skill That You Practice
A poem by Dan Bloom, reprinted with permission. He says he still needs practice! The poem was written in 2003 retouched in 2011. Thanks, Dan!
[SEE UPDATE AT THE END]
Gratitude is a skill that you practice
and get better at,
said a ten-year-old boy in Tokyo one day when I was a teacher there.
yes, gratitude is something we learn
as we get older
accumulating wisdom and knowledge
but sometimes we forget
gratitude is something to be thankful for it is a skill worth practicing over and over again until we get it right
we need to appreciate what's good in our lives instead of always complaining looking at the negative side of things.
yes, gratitude is a skill that you practice and get better at month by month year by year
and over a lifetime
we might finally learn how to say
thank you to the universe
thank you to our parents
thank you to our loved ones
thank you to our children
thank you to our teachers
gratitude is a skill that you practice
until you get it just right
and it doesn't happen overnight
it takes a lifetime of rehearsals
awareness and an open mind
to fully appreciate all the good things
that have come our way
on this journey from not being to being
on this pilgrimmage among the stars
on this pathway to enlightenment and aha!
Learn to say thank you
in as many languages as you can master
and tell it to everyone you love and care for
and as you practice gratitude
day by day
year by year
zen koan after zen koan
gratitude will become you
it will suit you fine
and you will become one
Gratitude is more than a 9-letter word,
it is a gift from life.
(c) 2003 Dan Bloom
UPDATE: Give legs to your gratitude by sending notes. John Kralik decided to send one note every day. See the results in his 365 Thank Yous.