We’re past the end of April and I missed the last prompt for A Playful Day‘s Love Your Blog challenge: Gratitude. Partly this was because I dropped off the internet for a bit due to work pressures, and partly this was because I really wasn’t sure what to say. I’m still not sure what to say. I am grateful – extremely grateful – for the role that blogging, bloggers, and blogreaders have played in my life, but I can’t imagine that anyone participating in the blog challenge doesn’t feel the same way. I’m also grateful for stumbling on A Playful Day’s challenge, and to A Playful Day for hosting it, and the opportunity it provided to roam a new part of the internet and (virtually) meet lovely new crafting people.
While thinking about this post, I stumbled across the following quote:
Feeling gratitude isn’t born in us – it’s something we are taught, and in turn, we teach our children. —Joyce Brothers
I like that – I like the reminder that we’re not born fully-formed, with a complete moral and ethical code embedded in our brains, but that we’re creatures formed by our surroundings and those who love us. It helps me remember that not everyone gets the chance to learn to be grateful, and that such people need to be pitied rather than railed against. It helps me remember, too, that gratitude is something we learn and practice, or choose to, every day.