50 Thank Yous

There are no two words in any language as powerful as “thank you.” They are an affirmation unto themselves. For our gratitude spreads out into the universe and brings us more to be grateful for.

Here are 100 things to be thankful for. Whether they are yours now or aspirational at this moment, feeling and expressing your gratitude brings them closer to you. Use the ones that feel appropriate to your daily gratitude practice and add others that are special to you.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

  1. Thank you for my life.
  2. Thank you for the people who love and support me in my life.
  3. Thank you for air to breathe.
  4. Thank you for my healthy body.
  5. Thank you for my healthy mind.
  6. Thank you for food to eat.
  7. Thank you for water to drink.
  8. Thank you for shelter over my head.
  9. Thank you for a place to sleep.
  10. Thank you for the freedom to think and to speak.
  11. Thank you for the sun.
  12. Thank you for the rain.
  13. Thank you for the wind.
  14. Thank you for love in my life.
  15. Thank you for abundance in my life.
  16. Thank you for joy in my life.
  17. Thank you for peace in life.
  18. Thank you for challenges in my life.
  19. Thank you hands that work.
  20. Thank you eyes that see.
  21. Thank you for ears that hear.
  22. Thank you for a healthy heart.
  23. Thank you for healthy lungs.
  24. Thank you for strong arms.
  25. Thank you for strong legs.
  26. Thank you for a strong back.
  27. Thank you for wisdom.
  28. Thank you for courage.
  29. Thank you for patience.
  30. Thank you for a chance to become more than I am.
  31. Thank you for freedom.
  32. Thank you justice.
  33. Thank you for peace in the world.
  34. Thank you for those who help my life in ways I can’t even see.
  35. Thank you for flowers.
  36. Thank you for trees.
  37. Thank you for green grass.
  38. Thank you for a beautiful blue sky.
  39. Thank you for rushing rivers.
  40. Thank you for the powerful ocean.
  41. Thank you for the stars above.
  42. Thank you for the chance to be generous.
  43. Thank you for the chance to support others.
  44. Thank you for the chance spread joy.
  45. Thank you for the chance to be the person I came here to be.
  46. Thank you for a today better than yesterday.
  47. Thank you for future better than today.
  48. Thank you lessons I learn along the way.
  49. Thank you everything I’ve forgotten.
  50. Thank you for everything coming my way.

Affirmations for Dealing with Criticism

Elbert Hubbard once wrote, “To escape criticism – do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”

Most of us don’t want those outcomes in our lives, so we have to deal with the fact we will face criticism. The key is not to avoid it, but rather to use it productively in your quest.

Here are a few affirmations that suggest productive ways to use criticism.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

Dogma Blocks a Better World

In a world where dogmas and entrenched beliefs rule, it’s practically impossible for better and new ideas to grow. Societies that become that, lose their forward momentum and they cease to be leaders.

The only way for a society to get better on this front is for individuals within that society to release limiting paradigms and be open to new ideas. All the world’s great ideas are not limited to certain times, certain places, and certain people. They’re born every day in the minds of people we “agree” and those we “disagree” with.

Failing to see that, we cut ourselves off from half or more of the better ideas that could improve country, planet, and species.

It’s up to each of us to reflect on how we are contributing to being stuck with ideas that don’t work anymore. The pace of change in the coming decades is likely to force our hands, but a more enlightened approach is to begin opening ourselves to new possibilities, figuring out how we make timeless ideas thrive in these new environments, and how we stop being a roadblock to needed change.

Our best future was not conceived in the past. It’s being conceived right now in real time. Our choice is to participate constructively in that process or be an obstacle to it.

Every great teacher and leader of the past did not re-entrench in old ideas. He or she brought new ideas to the table. They were change agents not defenders of the status quo. If we are to transform our times as powerfully and positively as they did, we must be agents for conscious change too.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

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Sometimes You Just Have to Allow

Hey, my friends. I hope your Tuesday is bringing the best your way. You know sometimes, as counterintuitive as it seems, we have to cease the struggle and the digging and the grinding and just ALLOW.

That’s not to say that our determined action isn’t important in reaching our goals – it is. It’s simply a recognition that different circumstances call for different strategies. Sometimes all our action is getting in the way.

Here are five affirmations encouraging you to allow. So, allow it.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome.

Ray

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See The Good

We live in a world where seeing the bad, the ugly, and the disheartening is just too damn easy.

Sometimes you have to work hard too see the good. Make it a point to do so today.

See the good. Experience the beauty around you. Spread some joy. Partake in the fun. Smile, smile, and smile some more.

Life is serious, but not so serious that you must live without the happiness you deserve.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Anger Never Heals

As sure as 2+2 does not equal 5, anger + anger never equals peace, contentment, or healing.

We live in a world that’s too often filled with anger. Some have just causes for their anger. Others just have unresolved issues lingering in their lives that cause them to lash out at the world. Still others were never taught other tools for dealing with their feelings beyond anger.

The relative anonymity and distance of social media makes it simple to torch other people, their ideas, and their motives.

Whatever the reasons for the anger or the justifications, the equation still holds. Anger + anger never equals peace, contentment, or healing.

Yet, if you look at many of the forces trying to reshape the world, it is anger that drives them. In a world where facts morph and people need scapegoats for their paradigms to work, it’s easy to see to why.

But I tell you this and say it clearly. No solution to our challenges will be conceived anger or its allies blame, hatred, and violence. The belief that these mindsets can fix a world already drunk on them is delusional.

Because of the immutable equation above, angry mindsets, motives, and ideologies cannot mend and heal an angry world. They may believe their ends justify their means, but their success can only result in another version of an angry world.

All the great teachers from all the great faiths – living and dead – have spoken with one voice on this. It is love, it is compassion, it is peace that can remake this angry world. Despite thousands of years of these wise teachings, it’s still easier for many people to rise and live their days filled with anger, blame, and hatred. They speak of “those people” – whoever those people are to them. They point fingers and they scheme win the game by wiping alternative views off the board. They follow leaders and voices that stir their anger rather than their humanity.

General Omar N. Bradley aptly described our dilemma at the dawn of the nuclear age.

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing that we know about living.

We must get it through our heads that we are ALL in this together. For better or worse, we are passengers on this tiny little blue marble spinning precariously through a vast dark cosmos.

Peace is the way forward. Love is the way forward. Compassion is the way forward. It’s that simple and that hard. There are no exceptions to the rule. Anger begets anger. Love begets love.

The choice, as it always has been, is ours.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

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Ocean-Bubble Metaphor – You Are Bigger Than Your Challenges

A few years ago I coined a quote about the ocean and bubbles on the ocean that’s a metaphor for our temporary existence and its far more profound and important significance.

You are timeless not temporary. No matter how often they tell you that you’re small and weak, remember that you roar like the ocean.

Just in case no one else reminded you today, you ARE awesome!

Ray

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