“Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life.” Jack Canfield
Some days are easier than others. I got out of bed this morning later than I should have in order to wake-up “gracefully.” Instead, I had to jump up, make the bed, inhale some yogurt and fruit, shower, grab paper-work and be out the door to make an appointment. I called to check that it would be okay to be 10 minutes late. “Yes, come on in,” they said. After that, I had to hurry to the next appointment. And then stop at the store. Now, two hours worth of driving later, I am finally at home in front of the keyboard and feeling relaxed. And grateful to be writing.
I have been focusing on gratitude for the last two weeks. A dear friend gave me a book to read, and I have been reading it in between clients at work, and a few pages at bedtime each night. I have been feeling and seeing changes in my life already!
“Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” Tony Robbins
The other thing I have been focused on is “intention.” Rather than complaining about what you don’t want, or don’t have, pay attention to what you do want in your life. When you’re taking motorcycle safety classes, they teach you, “Don’t look where you don’t want to go!” I personally like things to be framed in a positive way, so I would restate it as, “Look in the direction you want to go.” On a Harley, things happen fast. In life it can take a little longer, but if you focus on where you want to go, and what you’d like to create, and have, you will get there. However, if you are always focusing on what you don’t have, what you don’t want and how you don’t want to feel…you’ll be stuck. And stuck just ain’t sexy!
“Gratitude opens the doors to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the Universe. You open the door through gratitude.” Deepak Chopra
Back to the book I have been reading – it’s an old book, published in 1925. It is The Complete Works by Frances Scovel Shinn, a compilation of four of her famous books on the Law of Attraction. Her thoughts and ideas have been called “essentioal guides that help readers find prosperity, solve problems and have better health.” They opened the door for many, many of the self-help and motivational teachers and books that came after her, including some of my favorites: Zig Ziglar, M. Scott Peck, Wayne Dyer, Shakti Gawain, The Dalai Lama, Tony Robbins and a best-selling book on the topic; The Secret. All teach that we are magnets…and choose what we attract, both consciously and unconsciously.
“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” Meister Eckhart
Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog. I am so grateful for you!