Gratitude gets a lot of good publicity these days. You can scarcely scroll down your social media feeds without seeing at least one reminder to be more grateful.
You’re told you should be grateful for family and friends. You’re told you should be grateful because you have more stuff than some other people. You’re told you should be grateful because you’re still breathing and walking upright; a joy denied others.
These are excellent reasons to be grateful. Yet, as noble as they are, they still miss the point. Gratitude, like most other higher vibration human feelings, does not flow from the outside in. It must grow from the inside out.
We must plant it and grow it and nourish it whether the outside world presents us with reasons to feel it or not.
As our gratitude for all the blessings great and small in our lives grows within us, we begin to attract a grateful energy back to us. This creates a powerful energetic loop of gratitude that keeps us warm on the coldest of life’s nights and in the bright sunshine of our greatest joy.
Gratitude is more than something we feel for the people and the things around us. It’s an energy that we build within ourselves. The more we feel it, the more it grows.
Start every day with a giant thank you for all you are, all you have, and all you love. Then let that feeling inform your whole day.
To all my American readers, I wish you and those important to you a Happy Thanksgiving. To readers elsewhere, you don’t need a special day to feel grateful. Every day is that day.
In case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!
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My life is filled with one positive experience after another. I make use of every experience in my growth.
Here are 58 things to be thankful for. Some may seem counter-intuitive. However, even the negative sometimes is worthy of our thankfulness. I’ve probably left some off my list. Leave a comment today and let me know what you are thankful for.
- Sun – without it’s warmth and light we could not exist.
- Earth – the beautiful planet that sustains us.
- Water – the sauce of life.
- Life – each and every morning we wake up is a new chance to be the person we want to be.
- Shelter – something to shield us from the elements.
- Children – the happy nature and innocence of children remind us how we are meant to be.
- Food – an absolute blessing for those who struggle for it and something to be more appreciative of for those of us who never worry about our next meal.
- Faith – our faith in ourselves and in something greater than ourselves.
- Minds – the power to think, to reason, to grow, and to adapt.
- Lines – for making us slow down and enjoy where we are.
- Compassion – for getting over ourselves to consider and understand someone else.
- Hope – reminds us there is a potential upside to every situation.
- Giving – when we give we remember that nothing truly belongs to us and it frees us from our attachments.
- Receiving – the opportunity to have our needs met while allowing others to give.
- Fear – for teaching us love, strength, and humility.
- Work – whether a career, a hobby, or community work; the sense that we have something to do when we get up in the morning is something to be thankful for.
- Sleep – for providing a way to rest the body.
- Friendship – those people who choose to spend key parts of their lives with us.
- Family – those people we wound up with by fate, but stay with out of love.
- Anger – for teaching us the benefits of peace.
- Peace – peace within and as much peace without as we can muster.
- Sight – the ability to see the beautiful world we inhabit.
- Love – the glue that holds us together.
- Difficulty – for making us strong and giving us something to compare with the heights.
- Stars – the wonder and glory of the night sky.
- Hatred – for reminding us to love (may we need ever-less reminding)
- Surprises – the wonderful things in life that we didn’t expect.
- Visionaries – people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be.
- Change – the ever-present possibility of improving ourselves and the world.
- Purpose – the plan to achieve something in this life and the firm belief that you can.
- Wind – a source of comfort, energy, and a metaphor for change.
- Music – the soundtrack of our lives.
- Possibility – the memory that something more and different is out there.
- Today – an opportunity to make the most of what we have.
- Tomorrow – the hoped for opportunity to continue our dreams.
- Sorrow – for making joy possible.
- Joy – the deep and intense happiness about being alive.
- Freedom – the ability to think, act, and be who you are.
- Acceptance – the ability be at peace with how things are for the moment.
- Learning – the opportunity to enhance our potential.
- Success – the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of our work.
- Adversity – for reminding us how strong we can be.
- Grass – for carpeting our planet and being a nice place to lie and look at the sky.
- Soil – a medium to grow food and plants.
- Moon – the most beautiful object in the night sky and the timepiece marking our lives through its phases.
- Innovation – for improving our experience of life.
- Dreams – the fuel that drives us through tough times and gives a reason to aim high.
- Options – the ability to choose.
- Sharing – the opportunity to pool our talents and resources.
- Flowers – they add beautiful sights and smells to our world.
- Clouds – for bringing the rain that cleanses and for helping me appreciate the sunshine.
- Mountains – they provide beauty, challenge, and the ability to see a long way.
- Oceans – beauty, unimaginable power, source of life and transportation.
- Competition – the opportunity to test ourselves and to improve.
- History – for teaching us the lessons we need to learn over and over until we get them.
- Future – for giving us the opportunity to try again.
- Death – for reminding us of life’s value.
- Meaning – the search for which makes our lives the journey that they are.
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We’re a little behind to finish this series by the end of the year. I’m going to double up some days, but if we spill over into 2020 so be it.
The great Wayne Dyer used to have a practice of saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” as soon as he awoke each morning. He said it put him in a place of gratitude to start his day.
I’ve taken his idea and modified it into what I call the “Thank You” shower. The word shower is a double entendres in this case. I often actually do this in the shower, but it’s also about showering the world around you with gratitude to start the day.
You can make your own list for your Thank You shower. Here’s some ideas to get you started.
- Thank you for a new 24 hours.
- Thank you for another chance to get better.
- Thank you for my (significant other).
- Thank you for my family.
- Thank you for my friends.
- Thank you for the gift of my life.
- Thank you for my talents that I have to share with the world.
- Thank you for the food I need to survive.
- Thank you for a warm/cool place to call home.
- Thank you for this beautiful planet,
- Thank you for this amazing universe.
You can direct your thanks however you’d like – toward God, toward the universe, toward the object of your thanks. You can say them out loud or to yourself. As you start your day with all those people and things you have to be grateful for, let that gratitude infuse your consciousness and inform your day.
In case no one else has told you today, you ARE awesome! Thank my amazing readers for spending a few minutes of their valuable time reading this blog each day.
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You can’t say thank you too much.
There are two extremely powerful words that serve as a ready source of recognition in any situation and remind you how blessed you really are in this life. Those two words are “Thank you”.
Do you say it enough? Do you take a moment to ensure that it’s sincere when you do say it?
I have a friend who does this constantly. He often makes a phone call or sends an e-mail for no other purpose than to say, “Thank you.” It’s never hurried and he’s always very present in the moment when he says it or writes it. That complete sense of sincerity comes across every time. When you are on the receiving end of it, you feel pretty darn good.
There are many things that other people do for you all day long that offer you an opportunity to say a sincere, “Thank you.” Who knows, those two words might really make a person’s day.
- If you’re a manager, a simple, sincere thank you might be all the recognition you are able to give. Give it. The surprising thing is that a thank you is enough for many employees.
- When you go through the check out line at the grocery store today, try looking the cashier squarely in the eye, smile, and say, “Thank you.” I’d be willing to bet you will be in a distinct minority and he or she will appreciate it and smile back.
- The late Wayne Dyer used to rise each morning and just say a general thank you, thank you, thank you to the universe for another day to be alive.
- Remember to use those two words regularly with your significant other and I guarantee it will bring you closer.
- Use them as a differentiator in business. Many in the business world forget to say it these days.
The amazing thing about spreading these two little words all day long is that you receive a gift in return. By remembering to say, “Thank you,” you remind yourself how many things, large and small, you truly have to be thankful for.
Give it a try today. Set the goal of saying, “Thank you,” five, ten, or fifteen times depending on how many interactions you have with other people.
You’ll feel better and so will the other person.
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