Gratitude. The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.  Perhaps, the more important remembrance in the world we face today is that we are all part of one humanity.

How willing are we to be thankful? How often do we make the effort to show appreciation? The part of this definition that poses the greatest challenge may be the willingness to return a kindness.

These are simple acts. Taking your foot off the accelerator to allow a fellow traveler in the lane of busy traffic. Opening the door for a harried mom with three toddlers in tow. Smiling. Offering an encouraging word to a co-worker, a friend, even a stranger.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

John F. Kennedy

Gratitude’s best work comes from our actions. How will we choose to act today? Make it a daily practice.

And always—

Be kind. Be brave. Be you.

Photo: © Kathryn LeRoy