Gratitude & Letting Your Life Speak

What languages do you speak? One of the more important human languages is that of gratitude. If we listen carefully to our life, we hear its murmurs. It speaks, sings, dances and more to gain our attention, and invite us to respond to all of the gifts that bless our lives. One of the things that impairs our ability to notice is a sense of entitlement, the belief that all that comes to us is our due. This attitude means that we take too much, if not everything, for granted. As Paul Gibbons observes, “Feeling entitled is the opposite of feeling grateful. Gratitude opens the heart, entitlement closes it.” What is life with a closed heart? In the end, it is not a life worth living. The truth is, as the poet Sara Teasdale wrote, “life has loveliness to sell,” but it can only be purchased with gratitude.”