Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey
It’s Thanksgiving time here in the United States and many people seem to be more thankful, more grateful than other times of the year. They are generous and loving in their actions. People helping those that are in need – giving to food drives, clothing drives, toys for children and basic living necessities for the elderly. It is so uplifting this time of year to see the good will of so many towards others in their communities.
What if this “giving” spirit could continue year-round? What would the world, or your part of the world, look and feel like? I have found that the more I am grateful for, the more I have to be grateful for! It is from this attitude of gratitude that I seem to have more to share with people.
Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices. ~ Robert Breathe
Being grateful for what you do have, helps you see how much you have to be grateful for! No matter what your current financial circumstances may be, you probably have more than half the people living in this world. You really do!
You may be reading this and thinking “Julie has no idea how much money I have.” You are correct, I don’t! What I do know is that you have a lot to be grateful for regardless of the balance in your bank account. You have the resources of your time, your talents, your smile, your kind words. All of these can be shared with others and it doesn’t cost you a penny!
If you are down and negative about how much you don’t have, that is what will continue for you. Everything is energy, including money. You are blocking the flow of money or anything else you want when you focus on the “lack” of it in your life. If you can find a way to focus on what you do have and be grateful for that, you will soon find that you have more to be grateful for.
I will share an easy exercise you can do that has helped many people have more gratitude in their life. Every day find time to write down at least three things you are grateful for. It can be something as simple as “I am grateful that the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful morning!” Or, “I am grateful for my family.” Or, “I am grateful that I have enough money to pay my electric bill.” Anything that you are grateful for, write it down.
Some people have a “Gratitude Journal” while others use a spiral notebook or pad. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are consistent in doing this every day! I also suggest you do this at the same time every day so that it becomes part of your routine – in the morning or before going to bed. Whatever time is convenient for you is a good time!
Many years ago, I worked with a woman who was very unhappy in her job but did not want to find another job and move because she had a child in high school. I suggested she find something good about her job and focus on that one thing she liked while at work. I also suggested she write down three things every day that she was grateful for. Before long, she was writing ten things down, then twenty and after several months she was writing over fifty things a day that she was grateful for! Soon everything turned around in her job, she was moved to a new position she loved and she ended up staying there till she retired.
When I starting counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~ Willie Nelson
There are many ways that you can have an attitude of gratitude in your life. I have only shared one way that I have seen to be helpful. I know there are other ways to do this. I’d love for you to share below with the other readers what you do to count your blessings and be grateful.
I am grateful for all the beautiful people who have blessed my life over the years. May your life be abundant in all ways that uplift and support you. Thank you for the blessing of you!
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