“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
– Maya Angelou
(Thanks for the quote, Nic!)
This quote reminds me of unconsciously taking something or someone for granted.
It is one thing to “do right” by acknowledging the beauty of the butterfly. Clearly, this is the first step. It is much better than NOT noticing the butterfly and the beauty it beholds.
If you want to take it up a notch, “admit the changes” that have taken place and admire the butterfly for the metamorphosis it has completed. Ponder the process and acknowledge the butterfly for going through it.
On a more concrete basis, rather than “just” be grateful for someone in your life, be grateful for the activities that he or she have completed or started. Are you grateful for your spouse for doing the laundry? There is a direct benefit for you there. How about being grateful for the fact that he/she gave up other activities in order to do the laundry!
Think of it as indirect gratitude 🙂 (I just made that up! I think I like it!)