A Season of Gratitude

When I started counting my blessings, I got a lot better at math.  Two times two did not equal four anymore. God’s math utilizes a lot more exponentials.

Sure, I made mistakes many times and had “could have” and “should have” moments. But the important thing is that I put one foot in front of the other and refused to look back. Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. Perhaps the most important and critical aspect of my gratitude is the incredible family and friends which I have been blessed with. We have had our “moments” but, they have been our moments and we have come through them together, always  better off.

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. In other words, the first and foremost emotion and reaction in our lives should be gratitude. Without gratitude, we cannot and will not rise above mediocrity and emptiness. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Make a fist right now, go on- and feel the power which lies within you. You did not create that power- God blessed you with it so use it for the glory of the giver of your power.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever, have enough. There have been times when the light within us has flickered and almost gone out. It is at those moments that we think, with deep gratitude, for those who have lighted the flame within us. I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness- it’s right in front of me- in fact, all around me- if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. The great Cicero stated: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”

I have taken too much for granted in my life and I had to put the brakes on and reboot my thinking. So, my suggestion to you is: Give yourself five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see and hear around you. Allow all your senses to work! Close your eyes and listen, then process. Go outside and turn your attention to the uncounted miracles around you. Put aside temporarily, the challenges of work, relationships, chores, responsibilities and unfold yourself – let go! There are no guarantees in life, except death! Therefore, learn to prioritize and embrace everyday with purpose. When you have balance in your life, work becomes an entirely different experience. There is passion that moves you to a whole new level of fulfillment and gratitude, and that’s when you can do your best… for yourself and others. Make no mistake about it- feeling gratitude isn’t born in us- it’s something we are taught, and in turn, teach our children and others. Does not the gratitude of a dog put to shame any man who is ungrateful to his benefactors?

Gratitude with an attitude! When you know in your bones that your body is a sacred gift, you move in the world with an effortless grace. Gratitude and humility rise up spontaneously. Continue to develop gratitude for everything and everyone, love, humility and live the life of intentionality and relevance. The key to everything in life is gratitude! I have taken more steps behind me than are left in front of me. Therefore, each and every step counts- really counts! Make your steps relevant, intentional and full of gratitude!

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