Gratitude is so important to me. Here is why…
Every year, no matter how simple someone make think it is, I try to hone in on one word that I use regularly throughout the year such as: Patience, love, support, and favor. This year, during my meditation, I immediately was drawn to the word gratitude. To be grateful about one’s life is EVERYTHING! Guess Why? Well, you already know, things could always be worse.
I believe that gratitude is the center of reaching one’s true potential. Honestly, if we are not grateful for what we have (and, if you live in America, no matter the woes, you are blessed), and what God has placed in our lives, the opportunities we have been afforded, I do not believe more will be granted to us.
You see, when God established this earth, there are some principles that the universe must respond to such as positive energy (and negative energy), thanks, faith, encouragement, hope and gratitude (I focus on the positive). Or, in other words, since God spoke the world into existence, the spoken word is what will impact our lives the most. I don’t argue with people about their creation belief’s because that is not my role in this earth. Yet, I respect their choices and encourage them whenever necessary.
We all lack something and can spends hours, days, and months listing them. However, what will help us to remain centered and focused on the ‘now’ is gratitude. In fact, the more you focus on your problems and woes, the more heavy that issue, problem, or sickness will become. See, practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already yours. It belongs to you because you chose it. Powerful, right?
I can honestly say this because, I have literally been through some things that so many cannot even relate to or fathom, like clinical depression and acute anxiety (with suicidal ideologies), but, I made it through and I am stronger and better because of it.
We will always be lacking something, and, to focus on gratitude, I am not saying that you have to be fake or pretend. What I am saying is, focus on all of the good that equals out to the bad or even outweighs the bad.
When I was growing up, in the church, I learned a song that I absolutely love to this day. The lyrics say, “I’ve had some good days, I’ve had some hills to climb. I’ve had some weary days, I’ve had some sleepless nights. But when I look around, and I think things over, all of my good days outweigh my bad days. So I won’t complain!” THAT is showing gratitude.
So, before you complain today, I challenge you to stop and focus your attention on gratitude and simply GIVE THANKS!
Move Forward in RIGHTeousness XOXO♥
P.S. Here are a few wonderful quotes on gratitude just for you 🙂