Wake Up Call! – Gratitude & Appreciation


Gratitude creates a life of rich appreciation!

I was reflecting on my holiday celebrations with a grateful heart. As I did so I kept thinking of a world in which many are lonely, without food or home, without love or peace, or living in fear.

In that moment I could have seen it as an either/or moment focusing on my own gratitude or the very real realities of many.

As I expressed gratitude for love, food, shelter, inner peace and a life mostly free of fear I began to name the many people who enrich and bless my life. In my appreciative gratitude I was reminded of what sustains and drives me to work in whatever small way I can to make the world a more loving, human and just place for all.

My own gratitude is the lens through which I view the world, through which I’m reminded of our interconnection. I’m left expectant; wondering where my appreciation will next lead me to act. How will gratitude surprise you?


  • Be mindful about your gratitude
  • Be attentive to where appreciative gratitude invites you

Notice how gratitude leads you to a life of appreciative action.

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Written by Robert Taylor