"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity....Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie
"Mental sunshine will cause the flowers of peace, happiness, and prosperity to grow upon the face of the Earth. Be a creator of mental sunshine." Graffiti on a wall in Berkeley, California
The best gift I gave myself this week was to turn my mind toward being grateful. I'm grateful a lot, but when I was reeling from not feeling well in Mexico, when I felt stuck in a state of ennui, I made the move. It was effortless, and you don't have to do anything to improve your outlook either except to thank people in your life. Yes, even your dog counts. Good things have been happening all week and yesterday I won a drawing for a hand quilted Valentine wall hanging. You can say, "no thanks" to lots of things. I do it every day. No thanks to those people who require me to say hello a second time when they call and then seem surprised I'm on the phone and pronounce my name wrong. No thanks to confusion, no thanks to negativity, my own or that of others. Saying yes to yourself starts with recognizing others. Thanking them for what they do for you. Soon you'll be thanking yourself too. This miracle is so simple it's hard to credit it for the change you'll feel. Your situation in life might not change, but you will feel better, more at ease within yourself.
Please tell me your story. Read the stories in the Newsletter tab on my blog. Read the comments left this week. Not too many, but you could change that. Tell me how gratitude has unlocked fullness for you this week.
Baruch ata adonai...I am feeling much better physically. I am thankful for the people in my life who have helped me this week: excellent body workers, healers who have taken care of me for years, artists who willingly share their talents, a friend who brought me a special book last night, another who thanked me for listening to her. I've gone from feeling sorry for myself to feeling creative, strong, and peaceful. Yahooooo adonai, yahooo! Amen