G is for being grateful and practicing gratitude everyday. There are so many lessons you learn as you progress in life and practicing gratitude is the by far the biggest one I have learnt.
It is something that is part of every religion and growing up with my grandmother, she used to tell us stories that taught us gratefulness. When you are young, it is the last thing on your mind. But now all those stories come back to me and I realise that by being part of my upbringing, they are part of my values, I just did not realise it.
Just like everything else, I have to thoughtfully practice gratitude. Otherwise it gets lost in the humdrum of life. So I keep a gratitude journal. It forces me to think and write about things I am grateful for every day. As I do that, I am reminded of the wonderful culture that I belong to and how gratitude was the fabric of our daily life. My Nani used to write Ram in a book everyday and it was more about gratefulness than being religious. Such a small thing but it was huge for her especially when she was feeling low.
I am grateful for all that I have and in these difficult times, it is all the more important for us to practice gratitude. It gives us hope and feel positive for today and the future!