The Physics of Gratitude

I would like to put out a theory in this season of celebration, harvested from a year of deep interest, practice and the reception of some gifted teaching on this topic.

Could it be true that gratitude is a force?

An effort applied to cause movement?

A key to being made whole?

A personal and voluntary push, needing to be activated by choice into existence?

For is it not true that pure gratitude does not hinge on great things that deserve thanks?

Is it not the blind thrust of action, sure-footed on a realisation of the depth we are loved beyond the sight of our circumstances?

The staggering cost paid for our sin, the indescribable value of eternal life and the faith we instill in the belief of promise, could this be enough to generate fundamental motion?

Could a no-strings-attached intention beyond the mirrors of self, lead to the experience of the principal of cause and effect?

The energy of gratitude applied to the vehicle of attitude causes our wheels to turn.

The cart of our contentment starts to move.

The joy-ride begins.

The more we close eyes and push out praise in heartfelt thanks,
for each breath,
for each dawn,
for life and salvation,
the faster the cart gets underway.

If thanks is felt but not expressed, no pressure is applied to the vehicle.

It takes sheer, exquisite, forceful effort to shove motion into wheels that are pinned with knowledge to the carriage of grace.

But once the journey has begun,
a habit of gratitude keeps the momentum;
regardless of the direction we find ourselves pointing.

How astonishingly simple!

How thrilling a ride!

All that is left is to cling in breathless and laughing wonder as we are hurtled into the embrace of a Saviour.

Cassandra Frear  – (December 7, 2009 at 10:51 PM)  

Interesting idea about gratitude: "If thanks is felt but not expressed, no pressure is applied to the vehicle."

I will have to ponder that one for a while.

Grateful today for friends, like you.

Sj  – (December 8, 2009 at 10:20 PM)  

hey girl
what simplicity there is in being thankful, yet what a powerful force.
Thanks for reminding us.
Wish i'd heard the talks on it. It's so great to be reminded of the way to do life.
Love you, see you soooooon!!!!

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