"We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that 'gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.'" Prophet and President Thomas S. Monson
Not for the first time I have wondered if we all embraced an "attitude of gratitude," if many of the world's problems might be solved. Would we not find greater compassion for our brothers and sisters if our hearts were filled with gratitude? Would we not find greater forgiveness for our own failings and sins if we acknowledged the Lord's hand in our lives, accepting His infinite love? Would we not find greater peace when our souls are troubled? And, if we find peace in our own hearts, would not the world also find a kind of peace, for is not the world composed of individuals, complete with frailities and strengths, sins and virtues?
This I know for sure: gratitude is not only a mark of character; it is a mark of greatness.