A Satisfied Life

Gratitude-n. Thankfulness, the state of being grateful, appreciation.

I make my living doing commercial construction, and one truism about that life is that you’re always working yourself out of a job. A couple weeks ago, myself and three other coworkers were transferred from the new Westin Hotel job at DIA to a Denver Public Schools job a few miles down the road, where we were needed more urgently. We had all been at DIA for 8 months or longer, and were glad to be leaving-the remote parking and bus ride into the jobsite made for long days and the change was welcome.

Then last Friday, three of us found out that once again we’d worked ourselves out of a job- two were headed back to DIA, and not at all happy about it. I was being sent to Craig Hospital in Englewood, a job I had lobbied to get onto when it was getting started well over a year ago (at that time I felt that I was being held prisoner at the Skyridge Hospital job). Driving home Friday with my tools in the truck and heading finally to Craig Hospital on Monday, I was filled with gratitude.

And now I would like to quote a few lines from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, who operate the Spirituality & Practice website and are often mentors to me on my journey:

“The spiritual practice of gratitude has been called a state of mind and a way of life. But we prefer to think of it as a grammar-an underlying structure that helps us construct and make sense out of our lives. The rules of this grammar cover all our activities. Its syntax reveals a system of relationships linking us to the divine and to every other part of the creation.

To learn the grammar of gratitude, practice saying “thank you” for happy and challenging experiences, for people, animals, things, art, memories, dreams. Count your blessings, and praise God. Utter Blessings, and express your appreciation to everything and everyone you encounter. By blessing, we are blessed.

Daily Cue, Reminder, Vow, Blessing

Picking up a spoon to eat a meal is my cue to practice gratitude.
Every time I walk in the door of my home, I am reminded to count my blessings.
On my birthday, I vow to practice gratitude during the new year.
Blessed is the Great Provider who is deserving of our constant gratitude.”

Thanks to Frederic and Mary Ann for their words. Try practicing gratitude regularly; it leads to a satisfied life.

God’s peace,
Steve Koerwitz


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