The meaning of gratitude has been significant in my thoughts these past few days. Out of curiosity, I googled the word and found an article written by Dr. Robert Emmons, who is considered one of the world’s leading scientific experts on gratitude

Dr. Emmons maintains there are two components of gratitude. The first is that “we affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received,” even though life isn’t perfect. The second is a recognition of “the sources of goodness as being from outside ourselves”.

It is my experience that the busy-ness of everyday life and its accompanying challenges often leave little time to actively think about and express gratitude. While it is a simple action, my commitment is to keep a daily journal of the goodness in my life and the world around me. For starters, my life has been blessed by the opportunities afforded me as a member of The Episcopal Church and the Cathedral of St. John. One outcome of a renewed emphasis on gratitude is a change in attitude toward giving. Rather than an obligation, giving, whether it be dollars or time, presents an opportunity to actively express gratitude.

With gratitude for all of you, Diane Butler, Jr. Warden