Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. I am inspired once again by the writings of Rev. Bob Luckin of Redding, CA and I quote:
“Before I got out of bed this morning, I smiled a smile that awoke my face, and I held onto it for thirty seconds. While in the bathroom, I thought about how fortunate I was to be able to get there on my own. While looking in the mirror, I was grateful that I was there. I thought for a moment about all the people without indoor bathrooms and mirrors.
While drinking my morning coffee, I thanked all the people who made it possible for me to have it. During my morning shower, I closed my eyes and thought about how amazing it was to have water in my house as well as control over its temperature, intensity, and direction. I was grateful for the clean, warm towel I used to dry myself.
During breakfast, I marveled at the flavors, colors, and texture of my food and thanked the Creative Intelligence that created it and all the people who were involved in getting it to me. I marveled at the radio, Internet, and television and how they bring me information about so many things.
I left for work feeling good, knowing I had kept my word and had completed the first morning of my rigorous gratitude exercise program. I can already see the benefits. I have lost three pounds of ungratefulness.”
The miracle of gratitude is that is shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant
-Robert Louis Stevenson