When we were small, many of us were taught to say please and thank you. At some point it became an expectation. Today, the lesson still stands and I believe my mom would be proud of the gratitude I show to people who have helped me. But it is only as an adult that I discovered for myself the power of appreciation and gratitude.
I have found that by thinking about and expressing my appreciation to the universe for the many blessings I have in my life is powerful stuff. It is powerful in two ways; first, it focuses me on the positives in my life; family and friends who I love, a paycheck, a beautiful home, pets that make me smile – I could go on and on, and I do. I take the time to list each person and each thing separately. I have found that in taking the time to be thankful for the many wonderful things in my life, it brings a sense of abundance, warmth and comfort to me. Who wouldn’t want to feel that!?Secondly, I am a firm believer that taking the time to express my gratitude creates a positive energy that attracts new positive energy. Have you ever noticed how people who live life with the spirit of “woe is me” and “life sucks” seem to attract more of what they’re complaining about? This phenomenon is the “Law of Attraction”, which we will delve into another day! But for now, I am grateful to every one of you who read this and it’s a wonderful feeling to try and create a positive difference in this world. My advice is to set aside a time of day, perhaps when you open your eyes in the morning, or when you’re ready to lay your head down, to express your gratitude for the blessings in your life. You will be emotionally richer for it.
“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” ~ Eileen Caddy