The idea of gratitude has become almost trite in our society. So many articles and blog posts. So many books. So many graphics. So many inspiring (and often uninspiring) speeches. You find yourself saying, “If I see another word or video about gratitude . . .”, or “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard this all before. So what else is new?” But . . . truly . . . it all starts right here.
This popular quote from Abraham sounds selfish, but as Abraham continues . . .
As you look for reasons to feel good, you find reasons to feel good. And as you find reasons to feel good, you feel good, and as you feel good, you let it in. As you feel good, you let clarity in. As you feel good you let abundance of well-being, abundance of all things you consider good you let in.
I am more and more a believer that feeling good starts right here with living with a sense of gratitude, with looking for reasons to feel good. It’s absolutely the greatest reason in the world to feel good — gratitude for everything in your life, with what we perceive either as good or bad. Because even what we sometimes see as bad can present opportunities for learning and growing and for being even more grateful for what we perceive as good in our lives.
I wrote a blog post some time ago on gratitude as the first step to prosperity and abundance, but I believe gratitude is much more than that. It is the beginning of life. It is the beginning of everything good in our lives. This has been stated in so many ways by so many people throughout the ages.
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the
charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.”
― Maya Angelou
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a
rather large amount of Gratitude” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.”
― Meister Eckhartde.”
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our
hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ― Thornton Wilder
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
― Alphonse Karr
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” ― Cicero
“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy,
and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t
learn a lot today, at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us be thankful. ”
— The Buddha
“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie
The best way to begin living a life of gratitude is to express it first thing in the morning, before you even get of bed. Think of at least five things for which you are grateful. Make it a part of your morning meditation or prayer time rather than spending that valuable time asking for things. Take little moments throughout the day to stop, if only for a second, to silently express gratitude for something, even if it’s for the fact that you’re stuck in traffic or that things just aren’t going the way you planned. It will make all the difference in the world in how the rest of your day goes. I guarantee it.
I’m using this beautifully inspiring little video as part of my morning routine. I recommend you do the same.
Here’s to living a life of gratitude!
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