World Gratitude Day supposedly began in 1965 at a Thanksgiving dinner in Hawaii hosted by spiritual teacher and author Sri Chinmoy. The guests pledged to celebrate their blessings in their own nations each September 21st. In 1977, the United Nations Meditation Group initiated World Gratitude Day on a global level. World Gratitude Day is described as a:
“holiday for all peoples, a day of meditation for all religions, a day of celebration for all humanity, united by knowledge of simultaneously shared emotion, a day when triumph of the spirit can make a world community.”
Today I am grateful for this World Gratitude Day. It’s good to have a second day to remind me to be grateful, but even without the reminders of the USA Thanksgiving or the UN World Gratitude Day, I often find myself being grateful for the small pleasures of life — a walk, a good meal, a new insight. Lately, I’ve been finding myself grateful for bigger gifts — a body that usually does what I need it to do, a place to stay, people to visit with both online and offline. And, of course, I’m grateful for what I once had — a deeply commited love, someone with whom I could always be myself, someone to help me become who I am today.
I am especially grateful to have a place where I can post blogitorials such as this one, and even more grateful that sometimes people stop by and read what I have to say. So thank you for celebrating this day with me. I am grateful to all of you.
Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+. Like Pat on Facebook.