Gratitude Vs. Appreciation

Old 10-18-2017, 08:23 AM
  # 1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
FireSprite's Avatar
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 6,784
Blog Entries: 1
Gratitude Vs. Appreciation

Focusing on positive vs. negative talk, both internally & externally, has always been very beneficial in my recovery process and I've posted about it before: (Stopping the negative self-talk)

So it came as a surprise to me this morning to stop & consider for a moment that Gratitude isn't always a pure, positive thought. How can it NOT be???.... isn't the very act of being grateful always coming from a pure & positive place?

Turns out, no. Gratitude involves at least some small aspect of reflecting on whatever struggle or circumstance made you grateful for the recognized change. It starts from a place of fear, of lack, of having overcome obstacles to get to a place of being able to express the gratitude at all. It is very self-centric & continues to travel down old pathways even subconsciously.

Appreciation, on the other hand, doesn't have any such touch point energetically. It can only come from a true desire to reach for positivity in anything around you & has no limits to how it can be applied. It extends to others around you, to nature, to the world at large. No strings attached.

I think at times I *am* expressing Appreciation & mistakenly calling it Gratitude. I think that in the earliest days of recovery it was hard enough to reach for Gratitude - no way I was going to be able to comprehend the subtle differences between the 2 or the need to understand such a thing.

I think Gratitude takes baby steps toward Appreciation & when you get There - well, then you really start to feel the momentum picking up in your recovery IMO.
FireSprite is offline  
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to FireSprite For This Useful Post:
AlcSis (10-18-2017), atalose (10-18-2017), deleted 08-26-2019 (10-18-2017), desertgirl (10-18-2017), honeypig (10-18-2017), hopeful4 (10-18-2017), LifeRecovery (10-18-2017), theuncertainty (10-18-2017), thousandwords53 (10-18-2017), trailmix (10-18-2017)
Old 10-18-2017, 10:52 AM
  # 2 (permalink)  
honeypig's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,827
Great post, FS, and something I had never considered before. Thanks for the food for thought!
honeypig is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to honeypig For This Useful Post:
AlcSis (10-18-2017), FireSprite (10-18-2017)
Old 10-18-2017, 03:42 PM
  # 3 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 612
Yes! This was a nice read. Good thinker.
thousandwords53 is offline  
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to thousandwords53 For This Useful Post:
FireSprite (10-19-2017), honeypig (10-18-2017)

Currently Active Users Viewing this Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:10 AM.