Dear friends the story below touched my soul. We all know very well that we must have gratitude for Almighty’s mercies. Yet we rush to take credit for achievements as we feel it’s only due to the hard work we have put in. Little do we realise that success could never have happened without the grace of God. For example Are we in control of every breath that we take”?
It takes a warm slice of bread to soak in the butter put on it. It doesn’t matter how much butter we put, but if the bread is cold the butter will stay on the surface only. Bite into it and you will see how different the two taste! It is the same bread and same butter but a world of difference in taste.
And so is it with the ‘blessings’ in our life. It doesn’t matter how abundantly HE blesses us, but if we are not truly gracious in our acceptance, how can those blessings ever make a change in our lives? Pretty much like the layer of butter on cold bread, blessings not graciously and wholeheartedly embraced continue to remain on the periphery and fail to make any positive change in life.
Acknowledge your blessings with humility.
‘Accept’ with gratitude and understand that whatever we achieve is not only due to our own efforts but His grace.
Keep your bread warm.
Let the butter soak in.
Bathed in the richness of this butter, every bite, every morsel then is bound to taste divine.
“Gratitude must be deep and sincere and not perfunctory”.
Cheers and be happy always!  😎😎

About Dilip

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Sang says:

    Nice post Dilip.

    Gratitude is the feeling that comes when Ego ends.

    Ego craves for love, for respect. Gratitude grants Peace, which is above these two.

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  2. Yalic says:

    Humility is key!!

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  3. You said it right! Gratitude makes blessing from God more enjoyable. I believe gratitude also opens the way for the Lord to bless us more

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  4. da-AL says:

    lovely post. it is a fine line between taking responsibility for what we can do & releasing what we can’t. intention — & gratitude — go far

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  5. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    I liked the comparision with bread and butter. Words of wisdom. Thank you.

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  6. Great post! Gratitude is much deeper than we think!

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  7. dilipnaidu says:

    How wonderful to hear from you dear Mahendra after ages. There were times when I wondered whether you are still in the same society where we met last. I was visiting SCMHRD on regular basis and delivering talks on Leadership on invitations. On return from a holiday in the US in 2017 I did not return to teaching. And am now having the time of my life playing golf 🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♀️
    Many thanks for adding value to the post on Gratitude. What you say is true sincerity and humility are prerequisites to real gratitude.
    I do recollect and remember with respect and admiration your knowledge and expertise in financial management as also in allied subjects.
    I look forward to meeting you once the dust settles down and the environment is safe again. Till then good wishes to you both and family members to be safe and in good spirits.
    Regards.
    Dilip

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    • mahendra101 says:

      What a pleasant surprise to hear from you and that too, so quickly. I am honoured. I had concluded, wrongly as it seems now, that you had shifted to US permanently. It will be a real pleasure to meet you soon after the lockdown is lifted. I am still at the same place, having decided to call it quits on professional front in 2017 itself. I now enjoy spending time on my spiritual pursuits and simplifying life in many ways to live in a simple yet meaningful and productive way. Let’s catch up soon. God has been kind and I am grateful for his blessings and Grace.
      Many thanks for your very kind and affectionate words, Sir. How I wish, I could write as effusively and effectively. It’s never too late to learn, I guess.
      Thank you, Sir. My prayers for your safety, healthy and happy life in these tough times and God Bless.
      Regards, Mahendra Singhvi.

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      • dilipnaidu says:

        Thank you very much for your prayers and good wishes which is what we need in these times and beyond.

        It’s feels good to know that you have transited from your professional activities to spirituality as well as a simplified life-style. It is said that life really is simple but it’s we who complicate it 🙂

        Of course am sure the beneficiaries of you vast intellectual knowledge – your esteemed clients as well as your students will be the losers. But then I guess life goes on and time waits for nobody.

        Sir you are too kind in appreciating my writing 🙏 and I graciously acknowledge your compliment as an encouragement coming from my learned colleague.

        With my best wishes for your continued well being. Thanks and regards.
        Dilip

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  8. mahendra101 says:

    Very well presented. Gratitude without humility is just a mere formality and lacks authenticity and sincerity. With humility, it makes all the difference and is effective.
    Thanks, Dilip Sir. It was wonderful to read it. I remember our meetings and miss them a lot now. Hope you are keeping fine. Regards,

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      How wonderful to hear from you dear Mahendra after ages. There were times when I wondered whether you are still in the same society where we met last. I was visiting SCMHRD on regular basis and delivering talks on Leadership on invitations. On return from a holiday in the US in 2017 I did not return to teaching. And am now having the time of my life playing golf 🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♀️
      Many thanks for adding value to the post on Gratitude. What you say is true sincerity and humility are prerequisites to real gratitude.
      I do recollect and remember with respect and admiration your knowledge and expertise in financial management as also in allied subjects.
      I look forward to meeting you once the dust settles down and the environment is safe again. Till then good wishes to you both and family members to be safe and in good spirits.
      Regards.
      Dilip

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  9. Regardless of our faith or how hard we work to achieve our goals, accepting our good fortune with humility and thankfulness makes sense. Thanks, Dilip. –Curt

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  10. So very very well said, my dear DIlip! 🙂 _/\_

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  11. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Very well said, Dilip. Gratitude in order for it to be real, has to be heart felt. As for our breath, we do have control over it to a certain degree. I focus on my breath to keep in slow, deep and even especially in those times of stress. Easier said then done at times. It takes practice to keep breath calm. May your day be filled with calm. xo

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  12. Accepting, honouring and spreading God’s blessings is the best way to show our Gratitude for Him.

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  13. ssbonsor says:

    We are not in control of our breath, nor anything else. That is true. Everything is happening in our life and in surroundings around us is by Krishna’s unlimited “kripa”; Grace. We must understand this Truth!

    Surinder
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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Very true Surinder sir we not really in control of anything. Yet we take our breath for granted. We need to acknowledge the Lord’s Grace at all times.
      Than you and regards 👍

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  14. Binky says:

    We seem to think we have conquered nature and that we’re in control, but a little microscopic virus has proven otherwise. Nature can give us everything we need if we respect it.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Peter very well said. This virus has brought us on our knees. A rich man or a poor man all are now in the same boat. Let’s show mother earth our gratitude by respecting nature and the flora and the fauna.
      Bye for now and see you soon.

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