Gratitude

I was asked this question by a friend (in Kathmandu)…..
G’day Pat, how are you doing? I have a question for you based on this quote: ” To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven.” Can you please elaborate and give examples on how to enact and live gratitude? Thanks heaps.

Thanks for your question. The statement you offer has layers of meaning, three as described. The first is to apply gratitude in our speech. This is easy and can be done superficially without actually having any meaning. We ask our children to say ‘thank you’, yet they may have no real feeling of gratefulness or appreciation. They are just learning social politeness. So, to ENACT gratitude, one needs to feel the feeling of appreciation and acknowledge that they actually want to genuinely express gratitude to another, or Source for what is being experienced. Beyond this, is the richer more expansive aspect of gratitude that one can feel in all moments, as we are walking down the street, we feel the gratitude of our very existence. We feel grateful to be alive, to have the sun shining or the rain falling, for having a body that supports us and is flexible and intelligent. We feel grateful that we have money in our pocket and food to eat and friends to interact with and fertile earth that grows our food, and animals that play with us. We feel grateful for our sense of sight and hearing and we rejoice in the music of all the sounds we hear, (even traffic) . We are aware that life itself, and even that which we call death is worthy of gratitude. We are alive with the awareness and appreciation of the boundless gifts that life is offering us in every moment. We are tuned in to Life and feel the gratitude that we are a significant part of it. This is how masters such as Buddha lived.
Your question has helped me find my way into that living of gratitude, as I appreciate connecting with you through this amazing technology to places and you that would previously have been so far away and may never have connected us at all. And that is just a small part of the gratitude I am feeling right now. It is so expansive and unending that it truly touches that which we call heaven. Blessings, Pat