Have you ever heard of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore? Unity Basics, one of the two classes required for membership, covers the story of how Myrtle Fillmore struggled with tuberculosis, an incurable but common disease in the late 1800s. Her journey of healing planted the seeds of what we now know as Unity.
The concept of “Happiness” has been undervalued, misunderstood, and maligned as being the frosting on the cake after the “real” work of living in action – planning, doing, struggling — is done. You’ve probably heard statements such as: “I’ll be happy when I…” “After I get done with this, then I’ll be happy.” I used to talk like that, too.
I think that’s probably the most difficult part of demonstrating gratitude. In the difficult moments, in the face of a difficult person, there doesn’t seem to be a reason for gratitude.
What is gratitude? Gratitude is simply being thankful for our blessings. Gratitude is focusing on and appreciating the abundance we already have instead of what we are lacking. Gratitude can be a one time event, but can also and preferably should be a way of life.