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Living With Gratitude in a Modern Age

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Jonathan Fields is one of the most generous people I know. He is always helping me and many others. I try to help him in return but the ratio is at least 4:1 in his favor.

In this post he explains something he’s done for a while:

While I do have a standard sig-file that gets added to my emails automatically, I type the words “With gratitude” by hand. Slowly, with intention, owning a sense of genuine gratitude as I type.

In doing so, it becomes a mini-meditation. A momentary honoring. An opportunity to acknowledge gratitude dozens of times each day.

And, strangely enough, when I do this, it makes me feel different. I know, weird.

It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does take conscious time.

I get a lot of email, and I use short form responses from TextExpander to help me keep up. But I also try to take the time, whenever possible, for these kinds of acknowledgements.

In my case I find myself saying several things: “I hope to see you on the road” or “Wishing you well” or “All the best with your unconventional life.” These statements take a while to type, but like Jonathan, I type them over and over.

How can you express gratitude today?

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