Gratitude as a resource
Gratitude is an oft overlooked resource that has been used by the wisest most successful people in history to make change for themselves and the world as a whole. From Jesus, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, and Oprah Winfrey to name a few, giving thanks and being thankful is an aspect of their lives that helped them to achieve greatness and prosperity.
When giving thanks and being grateful, you are acknowledging the blessings that have come your way and you understand how wonderful your life is at this point. Just as if someone you had given much to came to you and asked for more without appreciating what you had already done for them, life thinks much like you would. Why give more to someone who doesn’t appreciate what they already have.
How can I give thanks my life is hard!
Understanding that even the difficulties in your life bring you blessings will make your journey much easier. You will also be able to deal with challenges from a mindset of looking for the opportunities that you can extract from them. Isn’t the best reaction to a problem to be able to grow and prosper from it?
So what do you have to be thankful for? Do you know that in today’s modern world, even the poorest of us in the western world live better lives than the royalty of the past? The kings and queens of past centuries lived in dirty, drafty, smelly castles crawling with bugs, lice, fleas, and vermin. They didn’t have central heat and air, modern communication, electricity, modern bathrooms, vast choices in food, comfortable transportation, modern medicine, and often died young from horrible, painful maladies that have all but been eradicated today.
If you are alive today, which I assume you are, you have so much to be grateful for. You most likely have the following:
a warm place to sleep
nutritional food to eat
clean drinking water
electricity to warm/cool/light your environment
someone that cares about you
a cell phone to call them on
I don’t say all of this load up your guilt monitor or to make you feel ungrateful. I do want you to realize your true worth and that you live in a time and place where you can truly carve out almost any life that you can imagine.
Study and practice gratitude for success
Do your own study on gratitude and giving thanks and see how it has been one of the great engines that has helped many successful people achieve their dreams. After all, we here in the United States dedicate a special day each year to it and we have done alright by it.
Make a list of ten things you are thankful for and think on each one with a feeling of gratitude. Say thank you to everyone you meet that does something for you, even if it is a small service. Give thanks for the very air you breathe and the beautiful planet that you get to enjoy for free. With these three steps your days will be filled with more joy and you will gain success.
With love, peace, and joy