Eleven years ago I began studying with Brother David Steindahl-Rast, The Father of Gratitude.
One late Spring afternoon before Zazen we were walking the Santa Fe River path. I asked him, “Is it possible to always be grateful?”
“Yes,” he responded. “In Gratitude Training we enjoy whatever is presented to us. We purposely look for the gifts.”
“Ask, ‘What is this opportunity for?’ The answer will cause you to grow. In retrospect, all life experiences are wonderful opportunities for growth.”
“We tend to think joyful people are grateful for having so much joy. But it’s actually more simple than that. Grateful people are joyous because they are grateful.”