"Gratitude doesn't change the scenery. It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors." -Richelle E. Goodrich, Author
Gratitude really doesn't change the scenery or life circumstances. You can choose to be grateful and everything around you could be falling down. Life could be crushing you. But choosing to be grateful will not make a sick person well, a lonely person surrounded by friends, or a depressed person happy. Gratitude will change your lense in which you look through life though.
Gratitude will help you see colors you never saw before. Gratitude will help you be thankful for the time you have left with a loved one who just got diagnosed with a terminal illness or condition. Gratitude will help you lift up the oppressed people who are celebrating their Pride Month. Gratitude will help.
I've always seen gratitude as an action word which is why I love this quote. It says, "It merely washes clean the glass you look through." Having gratitude and practicing it is like having a washcloth and some windex and pairing those items with some elbow grease to clean a grimy window. Once we have put forth the action and practiced gratitude, we are able to see through a clear window at the beauty that the world outside our own little window has to offer.
I pray you are able to experience and practice this type of gratitude. Oh what a gift this type of gratitude can be. A gratitude that washes clean the glass so we can see the colors of life.