We didn’t come into this world all by ourselves and we don’t move through it alone. We are not independently self-sufficient self-sustaining beings. Everything we do and everything we have has some connection to others. Two easy examples: what you’re reading right now and transportation. Someone else built your computer, phone or other device, created the wireless network you’re connected to, and built whatever vehicle you use to travel. Even when you walk, you’re wearing shoes that someone else made. You get the picture? We are interdependently connected to others to give and receive, which is reciprocity. In his historical novel, Two Thousand Seasons, Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah calls it "The Way."
One way is to give thanks for and to those who are connected to us in some way. The connections are physical, emotional, and spiritual. You may be giving thanks to those around you, to the Creator, to your ancestors. You may be giving thanks for the objects they create, for the experiences they provide, for the opportunities to learn and grow, for the joy they give us, for supporting and loving us, and for just being within our circle.
Acknowledgement of gratitude can also, ironically, be just you speaking or writing it to yourself. My neighbor always says, “Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” In the morning, give thanks for the day. You can say or reflect on words of gratitude, and then an affirmation. You can write about it in a gratitude journal.
Gratitude is Good Medicine! How Being Grateful Can Heal:
Gratitude for the ancestral warriors - from Mwalimu Baruti:
A brief overview of the brain science behind the physical and emotional impact of gratitude: kwiklearning.com/kwik-tips/the-effects-of-gratitude-on-the-human-brain/