“Grass and trees cannot grow without soil. The ‘soil’ that fosters our growth includes our parents, teachers, seniors; or homeland, alma matter, community or company. In any case, everyone has some place where they grew up or someone who nurtured them. Human beings grow as a result of nurturing ‘soil’ in which they express their ability and make the flowers of their lives blossom, just as the spirit of the rice plant return to the soil and the stalk sprouts to flower and bear grain once again. We should repay our debts of gratitude to this soil in which we develop. This cycle of repaying gratitude will envelop one’s whole existence. Your true humanity will never blossom if you seek only to develop yourself.”

Daisaku Ikeda


Gratitude spells the same in Portuguese. It’s the highest form of love and respect. It is the most beautiful and valuable feeling. And when you act it out your gratitude, it becomes an attitude. Someone once said that “Gratitude is the Attitude”. And indeed it is. If you are able to feel gratitude you are in peace with yourself and you are creating peace around you.

Whenever I felt the onset of despair over some difficulty, I was reminded to write down a list of everything that I am grateful for, or in different words, everything that I appreciate.

There is so much to thank for in this life, yet we focus mostly on what we dislike or lack.

This morning I notice my seedlings sprouting to life in the kitchen windowsill beds I prepared two weeks ago. Only those which had some sunlight were growing. They seem to grow towards the light. I shifted things around in the kitchen to accommodate them better. Hopefully they all will have their chance to grow.






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