THE POWER OF GRATITUDE
[Editors Note: This post originally appeared on July 5, 2014]
As we reflect on yesterday's Fourth of July festivities, we are reminded just how thankful we all should be to live in such a wonderful country. Though American isn't perfect; it is damn close, which is why it is so important to celebrate our freedom and express gratitude for the amazing gifts God has given to all us.
Though this is important, as Americans we are typically pretty terrible at being thankful for the things we have, and are often plagued by thoughts of inadequacy and bitterness. Instead of being happy now and appreciating the gifts God has given to us, we have been trained and programmed to always feel as if our lives aren't good enough. This mindset is primarily why we constantly waste our hard earned money on endless amounts of more and more stuff that will ultimately end up at a garage sale or landfill. Some Americans even take this one step farther and feel that they aren't worthy of love simply because they did not possess the right material things or have an image congruent with reality TV's version of the American Dream.
As we move forward into the second half of the year, we encourage all of our readers to Hold Fast the Iron and to express gratitude daily for the people and things that are already in our lives. Instead of pursuing more things and trying to live the Sex in the City version of reality, be content with the things you have, take better care of yourself, and focus on living the life that was meant to be lived.