To live with gratitude is to be humble because of a deep appreciation for life. Especially living in the U.S., where everything we desire is at our fingertips. This gratitude is an appreciation for the number of souls that are a part of every luxury we experience. Water is a luxury. We turn on a faucet and safe, drinkable water flows. The number of people that are or have been involved in making that crystal clear, disease-free glass of water is humbling. Consider the designer of the filtration and purification system that takes the water from non-drinkable to drinkable. Think about the hundreds of people that built the equipment and the facility. The power that allows it to function is generated at a power plant. The power plant operation is a massive undertaking with thousands of contributors. I am grateful for a system that fosters cooperation. Capitalism is a risk and reward mechanism that promotes people working together to create something of value.
To me, living with gratitude is also being in awe and wonder.
I am in awe of the opportunity to be and do whatever I choose. The only restriction is that it is legal and does no harm to others. Think about a society so free that you can do literally anything you desire. I am grateful to live in a country where so many people willingly help others each day. I am in awe of the sacrifices our soldiers are willing to make to ensure we maintain our sovereignty. I am grateful for our military.
I am in wonder of the possibilities and the future. Cooperation will continue around the world. The country that isolates itself will be overtaken by a world of collaboration. The wonder of what is to come inspires me to identify the untapped potential within me. I am grateful just to be learning how to wonder. Curiosity is where many creations begin. Also, with a belief in a better or alternative way. What will we create next? Whatever it is, I am grateful for the opportunity to participate if I choose and to opt-out if that is my desire.
Most of all, I am grateful to have a choice and the freedom to make it.