Saturday, December 25, 2010


Albert Einstein made a beautiful comment about life: “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle". Many of us fail to appreciate the miracles happening around us. We are all privileged to be born as human beings, the greatest form of life in this richest planet. We are all endowed with good parents, teachers and friends. Do you feel thankful for all the gifts in your life? Do you express thanks to those who help you?

Gratitude unlocks the full potentials of life. It turns denial into acceptance, insult into respect, problems into gifts and failures
into success. One of the ways I have learned to use the power of gratitude in my life is to maintain a gratitude journal. Every night before I go to bed, I use to write at least five things I am thankful for. It could be an inspiring book which I read, a path breaking idea shared by my colleague, an affectionate act of my family member, or even a smile by a stranger. I use to end my gratitude journal with “The Happiest Moment” of my day. This single sentence helps me to focus on what brings happiness to me and to have more such moments in my life. I am much benefitted by this practice and I recommend this to you.

Always express your gratitude to the persons who help you to get ahead in studies and in life. Feeling thankful and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. You can simply say “Thank you”. You may give a gentle hand shake. Sometimes thanks giving card or a short letter will convey your goodwill. Start writing gratitude journal from today.

When you nurture the attitude of gratitude, even challenging days will turn to be joyful days. I want to end this piece with the thought provoking words of the Roman philosopher Cicero: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others” 

Susi Thirugnanam
Founder President
Tamil Nadu Editors Guild

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