Gratitude: Random or Purposeful?

People are so meaningful in our lives. It is interesting for me to listen to others’ impressions and expectations for these posts. Some of you love “the photos” in each post; others love “the written words”. You are building a community of “gratitude expressers”daily, and my sincere appreciation to each of you for your kindness. In response, my intention is to be a stimulus for our community. But, my questions for today, include:

Should we deliberately find an event, or act about which to express gratitude today? Or

Should we randomly go about the action of “everyday responsibilities” and wait to see if we see or feel gratitude?

Look at this bird, freely flying through the air. Do you think the bird flight is purposeful or random? Maybe the bird enjoys both. Maybe the bird doesn’t care where he is going; he is just hanging around.

My friend “Siri” tells us that to be purposeful is to be determined, intentional, or to have a useful resolve. She notes that random is made without “conscious decision”, unspecified, unfamiliar, having an equal chance to happen, unusual, unexpected, or unknown.

As I look at the above definitions, I feel emotions that make me unsettled. For example, I do not know how I feel to have to have the resolve to be grateful, i.e., should I tell you that today I will be joyous no matter what? Or, maybe that is exactly a resolve that I should strive for daily? What do you think?

On the other hand, I feel various emotions when I think of experiencing or participating in an event that is unfamiliar, unusual, or unknown. Maybe because of my history as a woman alone those attributes set off some kind of warning alarm in my being! Perhaps, I should expand my personality to “feel free”, to “go for it”, or to “try it”? My family and friends have always told me I am too serious, and need to relax, and experience life and see what happens! Personally, I do tend to be a planner, have goals, and not waste the day. Of course, there is no wrong or right way to move along life’s pathways. We all do the best we can, I believe, based on our histories, our cultures, the way we were parented, and so forth.

As usual, I checked Mr. Google to learn more and found the site, and an article by Scott Dinsmore about 29 Ways to Show Unique Gratitude. Thanks to Scott, I found the answers to my questions within today’s post! Specifically, in Scott Dinsmore’s second list, item number 8, he stated:

What I am Grateful for: Being a Beginner

Scott Dinsmore

Isn’t intellectual inquiry fun?

Thank you Scott! I don’t have to answer any of my questions today.

I am grateful I am a beginner on this journey to gratitude!

This is #gratitudeultra. See the post on February 28, 2021 for definitions of categories of gratitude.

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