Some wise person once said:
“Its not your aptitude, but your attitude that determines your altitude in life.”
Pretty wise words, don’t you think? You probably don’t need to look very far – look at the immediate people in your circle of life to see examples of this aphorism.
Maybe even you.
Being grateful for all that we have is a way of thinking.
You probably have your own way of giving appreciation to whoever you speak to. Whichever way it is, the essence of it is communication and routine. Ideally, giving thanks should be done daily and not only when you’re in real trouble or at a special occasion, like a funeral for example.
It can be done at any time convenient for you.
Me – I try and say a prayer of thanks every time I eat a meal. That is a minimum of six times a day. You pray for the meal to be blessed, thank the good Lord (or whatever higher force you believe in) for your blessings and ask for continued blessings for you, your family and friends and the world at large.
My wife and I have always prayed together, before consuming our meals and we also try to say a prayer before sleeping at night. Our kids have come along and they also join us in prayer. They take turns in leading the prayers now that they are both older.
It’s a family habit. Part of our daily routines.
But I believe there is more to gratitude. It not only reminds us of not taking anything for granted. It humbles us. It puts a certain level of perspective on life.
It is essentially the choice of attitude of the person and their attitude to life. There is magic in being grateful. There is magic in having a thankful spirit.
This magic, I believe, is POWER.
How is that, you may ask?
Well, I believe a thankful spirit has the power to overcome anger with love; it has the power to subordinate fear with courage; it replaces sadness with happiness and has the power to feel not jealousy but genuine joy at another’s success.
Having a thankful spirit and an attitude of gratitude has the power to inspire productivity and innovation over lack of creativity. Being grateful releases guilt with an heart of forgiveness.
An attitude of gratitude has the power to allow one to grow with an abundance of love
and self-sharing over greed and hatred.
It is a form of power, not as you know it but power none-the-less. An intangible one at times.
So, there you have it, some reasons why I believe that an attitude of gratitude is power.
Knowing that it is a form of power is not power. No, ‘knowing’ is potential power. Applying an attitude of gratitude on a daily basis, now that is power. The power rests in the choosing.
Check your attitude and work on your attitude of gratitude if you think you need to. You may just surprise yourself with how much more you get out of life, by giving more in to it, through choosing your best attitude, always.
Feel, really feel, that intangible power.
Start with a ‘reverse bucket list’ to put some structure to it. Some people do.
What is it? Well, a reverse bucket list is simply a list of things you have done, places you’ve visited and opportunities you have experienced in your life to date. How is this an exercise of gratitude you may be thinking?
You see, when you write it down and then look over what you have written, you can reminisce and be grateful for what you have achieved and done in your life so far. You may even shock and surprise yourself with what you have achieved.
Keep adding to that list as the seconds of life tick by …reminding yourself how lucky you are to be breathing and living life.
When I take my first breath upon waking every morning, I say a quick prayer of thanks to my God, thanking him for being alive. That is the best gift, I believe, anyone alive has been granted.
My whole focus from that moment on is to see how it is that I can be of service to and help people get what they want out of life to the best of my ability.
Also, remember, its not just about adding years to your life, its also important to add life in to those years.
Ask yourself how are you going to best achieve that?
Hint: reflect and give thanks.
Until next time,