“When you practice gratefulness,
there is a sense of respect towards others.”
~ The Dalai Lama
What this quote means to entrepreneurs:
Did the Dalai Lama’s quote give you pause? Did you ask yourself how gratefulness equates to respect? I know I did, but upon further contemplation, here’s what I came up with:
1. Receiving and respect
For every moment of giving there is a moment of receiving. You cannot have one without the other. When you are grateful for what you receive, you are honoring and respecting the giver. You are also opening your energy to receiving more. Therefore your gratefulness shows respect to your receiving energy, to the person giving to you and to the Universe as a whole for creating the space for you to receive.
2. A grateful spirit
The Dalai Lama mentions a “sense of respect towards others” … this implies to me that having a grateful spirit in general shows respect for those around us. People who are grateful for what they have tend to be happier, more positive and generally easier to be around. Therefore, nurturing a grateful spirit can make you more magnetic and attractive to others, which can result in better relationships, a thriving business and more. By being a happier, more positive person, you respect others’ energetic fields.
3. Practice makes perfect
The Dalai Lama also referred to the activity of practicing gratefulness. Sometimes it takes effort to be grateful, especially when things aren’t going the way we wish them to. But making thankfulness and gratitude for the blessings large and small, allows us to reap the benefits I mentioned above. Say thank you when you receive something that delights in anyway — from the opportunity to watch a hummingbird drink from your feeder, to finding a coin upon the ground, to receiving money for your efforts. Blessings are blessings, no matter the apparent, quantitative size.
Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree with my interpretation of today’s quote? Why or why not? Did I miss something that you think is important to note? How do you see the relationship between gratitude and respect? Please share your thoughts, experiences and sage wisdom in a comment below.