What are you grateful for in your life?
Much of the time, most of us are so busy thinking about our problems, what is wrong in our life, and what is lacking, that we forget to be grateful for what we have. For what is right, and what is working for us.
Whenever you are trying to shift the energy from confusion to clarity, practicing an attitude of gratitude is a powerful tool at your disposal. The reason it works is because whenever your thinking is focused on problem and lack, there is a tendency to attract more of the same energy into your life. When you are focused on gratitude there begins to be more in your life to be grateful for.
Your attitude of gratitude applies to the past, present, and to the future. You can be thankful for what you already have (the past), for what the day brings (the present) and also for things which haven’t yet occurred – but which you have faith will. This is not unlike signing off on a letter, “thanking you in advance” when you write asking for help from someone. It sends out the intent to receive back a positive response, doesn’t it?
Your attitude of gratitude also applies to the people in your life. Let those you love know that you are grateful for their presence in your life, and that you appreciate them. Everyone wants to be appreciated. If there are people in your life who are ‘challenging’, ask yourself what your experience with that person might be teaching you, and be grateful for it. It may be best to do this inwardly. For example, you might want to tell your stingy boss that you are grateful he is teaching you about generosity!
A beautiful way to practice an attitude of gratitude is to get a little notebook and each night before going to sleep, review your day and write down everything that you are grateful for. Even when things have gone wrong in your day, ask yourself if there is something in the experience to be grateful about. Perhaps you met with someone you wouldn’t have met ordinarily. I believe there are no accidents in life, and that when things go wrong, it is a sign from the universe, telling me to slow down and be more aware. And then I start to notice whether being in that place at that time has a message for me.