Welcome to my last Grateful Heart Monday entry in a series that began years ago that has truly touched my life and countless others along the way, as I begin my final week of writing for TheTwelfthStep before I take a much-needed break from it.
I’ve worked hard on expressing gratitude in a life that has been extremely challenging over the past decade. What my mind and body has endured has been beyond words at times, yet somehow deep within me, I continue to find ways to thank God for what I still have. And one of those ways was through this Grateful Heart Monday series, where I wanted to show the rest of the world, and not just privately through my journals, that expressing gratitude is an important part of living life.
I’ve now written 260 articles on gratitude since I began this series, and could write countless others, I’m sure. While I will continue to go on expressing gratitude day in and day out in all the ways I have been doing for years now, it’s time to come to a close for this one at least and I will miss writing this series probably more so than all those other ways combined.
While it’s one thing to write down 10 statements of gratitude within my journals each day over the past 15 years, finding enough words from a single piece of gratitude to compose an entire article on it has most assuredly been a challenging venture, but a very rewarding one.
I cannot express how important remaining grateful has been for my spiritual journey and my spiritual growth. It may very well be the foundation of what has kept me going at times, when everything has felt so damn upside down in my life for far too many years now. It may also be the very reason why I still have the unshakeable faith I do in God, something that someone I love deeply had to remind me of and who brings a glow within me each time they do.
I find myself now looking for God in more and more things by continuing to practice gratitude in ways that include what this series has been. Because if you live a very ungrateful life, complaining about this and that, judging this and that, and pointing fingers at what you think is wrong in this world, you probably aren’t going to seek God or anything Greater than yourself.
This is why I love being grateful and that God led me to starting this Grateful Heart Monday series to share with the rest of the world something that has truly touched my heart and soul along the way. As I end my final entry to this series, I pray each of you will continue practicing remaining grateful in your own lives, as I know in doing so, you’ll find a much Higher Path, a much Higher Calling, and yourself living in much Higher Ways…
Peace, love, light, and joy,
Andrew Arthur Dawson