(For me, in my ongoing attempt to be spiritually centered, I just watched a General Confrence talk on YouTube instead of watching something else that would put me in a different frame of mind. Everyone has their own way of being spiritually centered and listening to or watching General Conference talks is what I like and what works for me. But, I digress…)
The General Conference talk that was meant to be heard by me, because I love learning, was from President Monson! He said that living with “The Divine Gift of Gratitude” touches heaven and I appreciated the reminder that there’s always something for which to be grateful.
He emphasized that mindset determines being either jealous & unhappy about what I don’t have or being happy & counting my blessings for all that I do have. It’s easy to see what is absent, but when I remember all my blessings they far outweigh my lack.
My thankfulness starts with the simplicity of life. Then it goes to thanks for my country, freedom, true love, family, friends, education, experiences, nature, color, music, harmony, fun times, cars, driving, roads, traditions, culture, ancestry, posterity, skills, abilities, senses, thoughts, feelings, creativity, good words, inspiration, personal development, improvement, inspiration, promptings, and God.
My gratitude is greatest for Jesus Christ. The gift of the Atonement is something for which my esteem will never be adequate. His mentoring and example of ways to live my life, learned through written words and inspiration, have my highest respect. He walks with me and teaches, leads, and guides me back to my heavenly home, and my heart is forever grateful for His pure love.