« Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend »Melody Beattie
This is a relatively short quote but it has very deep meanings that I particularly love. We know this, but we sometimes forget, and I think it is important to reflect on it a little bit.
« And remember! your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): If ye are grateful, I will add more (favours) unto you; But if ye show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed. »The Holy Quran (14;7)
This is a clear declaration and promise from the Creator of the universe about the importance of gratitude. I mean if we only needed to be grateful to have more blessings, then Allah would have simply said that if you are not grateful then don’t count on having more blessings, or maybe He would even have said that if you’re not grateful then I will take those blessings from you. But He didn’t say that. He said that if you’re not grateful (and this is a divine declaration), then His punishment is terrible indeed.
And at the same time, He promised us that if we are grateful then He will give us more and more. This reminds me of the law of attraction, which says that whatever our dominant thoughts are, they will attract action of the same form. And so, if we focus on the blessings we have, remember them, meditate about them, thank God for them, we will attract more and more blessings thanks to God’s blessings and the power of our minds.
I don’t know about you, but I think that this verse is also a very strong warning from ingratitude and a clear invitation to the practice of gratitude. Gratitude is not supposed to be felt only when things are good. It is a form of worship and a state of mind that we should consistently be in, one that has the power of transforming our perception about things, being happy and content with what Allah gave us, and having absolute faith in Him and His power to give us more.
Ingratitude on the other hand causes feelings of greed, impatience, envy, and destructive jealousy. Focusing only on the problems we have and constantly complaining about them, makes a person very hard to be with, gives a lot of negative energy and attracts more and more problems of the same kind and more. It also proves a lack of humility and acceptance for all the blessings a person can have, which may cause not only a loss of those blessings but also a non-healthy relationship between a person and his Lord.
By recognizing that every blessing we have is from God, we become humble, satisfied, and happy with whatever we have. And by being grateful for every hardship that we don’t have, we will have more empathy and kindness towards ourselves and others. It frees us from feelings of envy, jealousy, and greed and fills us with feelings of acceptance and joy.
Let’s all commit to being more grateful today, it can start by a 3-minute meditation session either in the morning or just before we sleep at night, where we try to count as many blessings as we can, take a few deep breaths and just thank God for whatever He has given us.
Much love ❤️
Until next time, Stay blessed!