The glass is half full.

* This is my entry for the Maven Circle’s Truthy Tuesday challenge about finding and cultivating gratitude.

I’ve noticed the theme of gratitude popping up in several blogs that I follow. Of course, American Thanksgiving is coming up next week, so it seems only natural. (Canadian Thanksgiving was last month.)

I must confess that I tried to keep a gratitude journal a la Sarah Ban Breathnach several years ago, but didn’t keep it up. I find it really easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle or even dwell on the negative. It takes real effort to remember to be grateful for all that I have, and I have so much. I always seem to be striving for more, or looking forward to something or looking back with anger or regret. Gratitude is an act of mindful living. Right now, in this moment what am I grateful for?

I am grateful for life itself. This might seem extreme but one of my uncles died very suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this week. You just never know when your time will be up.

I am grateful to live in a safe and secure country. The physical and economic strife in the Middle East and some European countries has made me realize how lucky I am to live in Canada. Even if we experience an economic downturn, it will not mean the collapse of the social and economic structure.

I am grateful for the Internet for the wealth of knowledge, connections, inspiration and livelihood that it affords me.

I am grateful for my family, even if we don’t always get along. I am especially grateful for my sister. She has been a great support lately and I wonder how did she get so wise?

I am grateful for my friends, who just seem to know when I need to be taken out for a drink and a bowl of frites.

What are you grateful for?

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