"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Melody Beattie,
How often do you feel genuinely grateful for what you have, rather than resentful for what you don't have?
Please read the above statement by Melodie Beattie again. This is a woman who lost her beloved 12-year old son on a ski trip, (See "The Lessons of Love: Rediscovering Our Passion for Life When It All Seems Too Hard to Take") and I can't think of any loss in life greater than losing a child of your heart and soul. Yet here she is speaking of the importance of gratitude and all that gratitude does for you. The power of gratitude is that it brought her to the point of being able to say this.
Right now in this moment, what can you be grateful for? Your eyes that see this article? Your mind that reads it? Your computer through which you access it? The time you have to read it?
What else? The place you live? The food you eat? The clothes you wear? The tissue with which to blow your nose? Sometimes, when I grab a tissue, I think about soldiers who are fighting in various parts of the world who would likely just love to have a tissue with which to wipe their nose, and I am so grateful for my tissue. I get into bed at night and I often think about how many people around the world don't have a bed to sleep in and I'm grateful for my bed.
I drive out to James Ranch to pick up our raw milk and our grass-finished organic beef and our freshly laid eggs and our delicious raw cheese, and I'm so grateful that there are people like the James family who devote themselves to raising healthy food in humane ways.
I think about Erika's brilliance and creativity and ability to love and live life to the fullest and I'm so grateful that she is my best friend. I think about my children and grandchildren and how well they are all doing and I'm so grateful that they are healthy and happy and successful.
Right this moment, as I'm writing on a plane coming back from teaching a weekend workshop, I'm so grateful for everyone who attended and did their inner work. I'm grateful that my three planes going there were all on time, and that it looks like my three planes coming home will also be on time.
I'm deeply grateful for my assistant, Valerie, who is so honest and loyal that I can live in Colorado while she takes care of the Inner Bonding business in Los Angeles.
Thinking about what I'm grateful for makes me feel so happy and peaceful inside. And since I love feeling happy and peaceful, and since I also know that like attracts like (The Law of Attraction), I know that by being grateful for all that I have draws to me more of what I want. I know that being grateful raises my frequency so that I can connect with my spiritual Guidance, which is what keeps my on course toward my highest good and the highest good of all.
Oops! My computer battery is running out, and I'm so grateful that my Guidance reminded me to bring my second battery!