Monday, April 24, 2006

You can't be blessed

without being grateful. In fact, when your gratitude is great enough, you no longer needs to be blessed.

11 Comments:

At 10:04 PM, Blogger oklahoma exile said...

So, in a sense, gratitude becomes greater than the blessing that caused it.

 
At 10:07 PM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

Yes. Also in a sense perhaps the blessing IS the gratitude.

 
At 10:07 PM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

Or the gratitude is the blessing. Now I'm confused.

 
At 10:18 PM, Blogger oklahoma exile said...

If gratitude becomes greater than the blessing, then gratitude is blessing+++

So you can't be grateful without being blessed which was actually my first question about your post (can you be grateful without being blessed?) but I didn't post it.

But I don't think it follows that when your blessing is great enough you don't have to be grateful.

Does that mean that gratitude is the meaning and purpose of life?

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

Yes, exactly my point that I am so unclear about... gratitude is the meaning and purpose of life. I don't think the blessing part is necessary or real, it's just something that gets in the way of the reality of gratitude. Being "blessed" is merely becoming aware of the good stuff that is always available even in the darkest of times... which is exercising gratitude. To day God has blessed me is to say God has singled you out for favor or the bestowing of good things. I don't believe that. We all have the GIFT of gratitude. When we utilized it we feel blessed but we were in fact blessed before we realized it. It's in the being grateful that we become aware of it.

 
At 10:25 PM, Blogger oklahoma exile said...

Well said, zebra, well said!

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger oklahoma exile said...

I feel the same way about grace.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

Thank you... just wish I could say what I mean in fewer words. Although that's what I think I did to start with! I am so funny!

 
At 10:28 PM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

Exactly... yes, about grace. Same kind of stuff.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger oklahoma exile said...

We sometimes must say it in many words to narrow it down to what we really mean. If you had only said that gratitude is the purpose of life, we would have missed this conversation.

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger ZebraDreaming said...

You are true what you say.

 

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