Don’t Underestimate Gratitude

Philip Pegler shares how gratitude with love transforms our short lives.

Please remember always to be grateful, for gratitude is a great antidote to misfortune. Life overflows with abundance and yet all too often we hardly notice it and fail to give thanks. This is the greatest tragedy for mankind, but every individual still has the power to make a difference to the world through integrity and courage.

If Life has taught me anything, it is that our conscious existence is fleeting and supremely precious – never to be taken for granted. Love created us and will never abandon what It has made. Trusting in this realisation, we must never, ever give up hope.

Above all, I trust in this love, but I frequently reflect also that Truth can never be grasped and that there is no neat formula by which finally it may be known or described. It is the one ineffable living Reality – and everyone is already an expression of That, moment by moment. Enlightenment does not need to be attained – our true nature as consciousness only needs to be recognised.

Look deeply with the eyes of love and you will clearly see the hidden beauty at the heart of creation, perceiving it in the midst of human cruelty and conflict no less than in the marvels and sometimes destructive power of Nature.

How inscrutable this beauty is, for it speaks a secret language we cannot yet discern adequately. Stay silent and ponder then in the face of the unimaginable suffering of the world. Such deep reflection will yield a sense of profound peace and equanimity.

Love is never absent, but it often seems veiled – and this too is an inconceivable mystery, which cannot be apprehended without humility. So let us refrain from judgement when tempted to flinch before the hard face of Reality. Instead let us remain calm and show forbearance rather than being disconcerted by the continual buffeting of daily life. We need to accept that a degree of sometimes unbearable discomfort belongs to the privilege of physical embodiment….Continue reading at

An antiquarian bookseller, Philip is a writer of spiritual articles and the author of Hidden Beauty of the Commonplace.

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Melania Padilla
Melania P1 years ago

Oh yes, be thankful! I thank everyday, no matter if you thank God, the universe... Just do it!

Lauren Weinstock
Lauren Weinstock3 years ago

I appreciate the spirit of this article and the author's viewpoints, but don't agree with some.
I'm unsure that love created me. I DO know that I took the many concerns I had growing up and used the opposite in parenting my children. And I was always grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

If you knew today was definitely your last day on earth, how would you spend it ... getting even or taking in all the gifts around you, feely given, together with a recognition of those who've helped you on your journey and paying forward the knowledge gained to share with others in need. What a perfect ending ... why not start now, no guarantees on tomorrow.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Stanley R.
Stanley R4 years ago

Gratefulness bring us in close proximity with the Source. This is the original substance of creation, this with faith is essential to be in harmony with the Universal law and attain the support of Nature. Always express gratitude and your desires will be met. It is the pleasure of the creator who has the same wish as you to be fulfilled.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R4 years ago

Thank you!

Judy Apelis
Judy A4 years ago

Thank you!!

GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D4 years ago

Thank you...I have to say I am grateful to everyone here who takes time out of their busy lives to help others, who have taught me to be a better person, and I genuinely appreciate each and every one...also very thankful that chocolate isn't one of the triggers for my migraines!

Bill and Katie D.
Katie & Bill D4 years ago

Thank you