Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Gift of Gratitude

Sharing GRATITUDE and helping others learn how to discover it is the purpose of my blog - it's the purpose of my life.

There are blessings in everyone's life, regardless of any difficulties you face. Even amongst the most severe adversities, blessings can be discovered. They are there - always - but sometimes hiding. All you must do is become aware and you will find GRATITUDE - I promise you that!

The more your mindfulness blossoms, your radar for finding GRATITUDE will strengthen. With a dash of committment and a sprinkle of effort, before you realize what's happening, you will be grateful to count your blessings each day - each moment.

To begin - only a little action to help you become aware of what you already have for which to be grateful..........................

1. Purchase a journal book - or any lined bound pad of paper - or dedicate a file on your computer for this.

2. Beginning immediately - today - write 5 things about today for which you are grateful.

3. Each and every day - write 5 things about your day or your life at that moment for which you are grateful.

4. Understand that this may be a little difficult at first, especially if you're experiencing challenging times right now. But, don't give up - this is the best time to begin. You will notice a transformation in your life - you will witness a miracle - all within you, which will manifest all around you.

When I began my first Gratitude Journal, I was at one of the lowest points (in almost every way) in my life. I had read about keeping a Gratitude Journal in a book that was given to me as a gift.

The first evening, I pondered for a very long time. All I could focus on was what I had been dwelling on for such a long time - all the crap that was in my life. I used to have pity parties for myself, asking "why me?". But, finally, my first entry was made in my new journal. It seemed silly, but it pushed me into motion, progressing forward each day - from sadness, depression and feeling sorry for myself - to becoming mindful that my life was filled with blessings and benefits I had been neglecting to notice.

Once my new attitude kicked into high gear, I realized my life was overflowing with so much for which to be thankful. All that I was missing and "thought" I wanted or needed, no longer seemed important.

I maintained my first Gratitude Journal for more than a year and it changed my life forever. There are not enough words to explain how effective this simple practice is and yet how huge the rewards can be! It simply must be tried.

Won't you please just give it a try?

After learning the simplicity of counting my blessings, I am able to discover blessings mixed in with even the big huge challenges in my life. I prefer to call them challenges, because it sounds a lot better to me than problems. It's possible to turn an adversity into a blessing. But, I'll share that on another day.

For right now, please just give a Gratitude Journal a try...............

But, I must warn you - it can become addictive. Can you think of any other addiction more rewarding?

I look forward to sharing more about GRATITUDE and how it has changed my life. I believe I've finally found my purpose in life - to share what I've discovered about GRATITUDE and to help others learn to be fulfilled with this simple act.