Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
~ Melody Beattie
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
~ Brian Tracy
I follow a blog called Heal. Live. Share. written by Suzie Read of Symmetry Global. Suzie blogs on topics related to healthy living. I received a recent post from Suzie and thought it had great insight on gratitude. Here is a repost:
“Have you ever sat down to pay bills and resented having to pay them? Yeah, me too.
A few years ago, I was complaining about not having enough money to spend on the things I wanted to spend on—like a warm, sunny vacation or a closet full of new clothes. Instead, I was paying for a mortgage, a never-ending grocery bill, utilities that just seemed to keep growing, college tuition for children and an ever-increasing gas bill for my car.
My mentor/life coach had a very different way of looking at the negative way I was approaching these “have tos.”
• “Because you’re paying for a house, it means you have a roof over your head—be grateful.
• Because you have a large grocery bill every month, it means you have a family—be grateful.
• Because you have to pay a power bill, that means you’re able to be warm—be grateful.
• Because you’re helping to pay for your child’s education, it means you have children…and you have children who value education—be grateful.
• Because you have to pay for gas for your car, it means you have a car and the freedom to go where you want—be grateful.”
You get the picture. Be grateful for the payments you have, because it means you have relationships and amenities that money provides. That “hit upside the head” from her has stayed with me every time I get frustrated with having to pay a bill. Money is just money—it isn’t everything.
Healthy Living tip: During the month of November, be grateful every day for something in your day-to-day life. Focus on your gratitude for a few minutes each day—either at the start of your day or the end of your day. Intentional, consistent gratitude will change the way you look at your life. Promise.”
I really don’t have much more to add. Great insight. Great blog. A good one to follow if you’re interesting in healthy living. Check it out at www.healliveshare.com.