It is Always The Season
For An Attitude Of Gratitude
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
Do you find yourself waiting for a certain circumstance to occur before
you feel gratitude? Are you waiting for a promotion or a bonus, a new
car, or a fantastic gift from that special someone before you feel happiness
or joy? When we focus on what we don't have, this energy only persists.
Focusing on the gifts currently present in our life and being grateful
for those gifts creates an energy shift toward a more abundant life.
We have the free will and choice to focus our attention wherever we
wish. We can focus on what gives us joy, or we can focus on what is
lacking in our life. When we choose to view the world with childlike
innocence and wonder (only as a child shall you enter the kingdom of
heaven), we recognize and become grateful for an abundance of miracles.
It may seem difficult, at times, to look past the dramas and challenges
in our world. However, being grateful for even the simplest things begins
a flow of energy that can transform our perceptions in that moment.
How does feeling and expressing gratitude increase the flow of abundance
in your life? There is a vibration, an attitude to gratitude, and this
is the energy we need to begin changing any situation. When we appreciate
a kindness received, we also feel grateful and wish to respond with
that same kindness. How often in your life has someone unexpectedly
shown you some kindness? Perhaps a stranger has helped you with a car
problem, or someone at work offered to help you with a difficulty? Wasn't
their gift received with gratitude? and wasn't their help priceless?
You then repaid them with your gift of thanks. When you receive gifts
and respond with thanks, whoever gave you the gift receives this energy,
and your gift to them completes the circle of gratitude. There is a
balance, a natural flow of energy, between giving and receiving that
allows us to experience all the gifts of life.
There are times when being grateful is difficult. And there may be
things that we do not want to wrap in gratitude. How can your attitude
be one of gratitude when your car needs emergency repairs and you just
got laid off? In the middle of the holiday season? Or when you are going
through a relationship breakup? Or you become seriously ill? Even when
life is good and running smoothly, does it seem like you are tempting
Gratitude doesn't mean we have to welcome every event into our life
with open arms, invite it to dinner and become best friends. Nor does
it mean we slam the door in its face and pretend it's not on our front
doorstep. Instead, it means we are consciously aware of and really see
what is going on in our life. Pay attention to everyday reality, and
try to live in the present moment. Look at what is in your life right
now. Don't only look for money or material wealth, but more importantly,
note the emotional or spiritual gifts you receive on a daily basis.
Are you maintaining the energy flow between receiving gifts and giving
thanks? Or are you blocking the flow of energy by not being grateful?
When you receive a gift, how do you reply? If a colleague compliments
your outfit, do you explain that you bought it on sale, or that you
have a spot on the jacket, or in some other way discount their praise?
Or do you acknowledge their kindness, and verbally reply "thank you"?
Become aware how your response either supercharges or blocks the flow
of abundance in your life.
When energy is blocked up like water behind a dam, the flow of abundance,
or gifts, into our life is also blocked. When this happens, we may feel
like we're hitting a wall in every direction we turn, and we may feel
cranky, tired and uninspired. We can't see the miracle hiding inside
the difficult situation. How can we begin to uncover the miracle? By
choosing to feel gratitude!
Practice completing the circle of gratitude when you receive any kindness
or gift. Gratitude is like a muscle that needs to be exercised to develop.
Next time you receive a compliment, simply reply "thank you." Sometimes
voicing a gracious thank you is more difficult has more impact than
returning a favor with money or material gifts. Allowing the other person
the feeling of having their gift truly appreciated in the moment is
your gift to them. And this keeps the energy flowing - wouldn't you
rather give to someone who appreciates what you give, instead of someone
who complains you don't give enough? Like attracts like: when you feel
abundant and grateful, more abundance flows easily into your life.
Become aware of and thankful for all the basic pleasures we receive:
a beautiful sunset, a hug from a loved one, and a compliment from a
friend. The quality of our thoughts affects the quality of our life.
By choosing to focus on the miracles in our life, small as they may
seem, we acknowledge these miracles as gifts. What we focus on expands:
the gateway to abundance is gratitude.
Be grateful for all your moments, for every moment is a miracle! The
more often we focus on the gifts and miracles in our life and then feel
and express gratitude for our joy and happiness, the more time we spend
in the attitude of gratitude! And every season becomes a season of gratitude.
My gratitude to all who have joined the mailing list for this newsletter.
May you all have a bountiful harvest this Thanksgiving and truly enjoy
all the miracles in your life!
Love & light,
Published MIRACLE JOURNEYS Nov/Dec 2000,