It is amazing how gratitude changed my life. Of course there are other outstanding principles by which to lead a fuller and more pleasing life, however gratitude does it for me. Gratitude is the center that leads me in the right direction within any situation.
I did some reflecting on the ways that gratitude has expanded my reality, and here is what I learned.
Gratitude makes you slow down. This is not a big leap of course, but it is worth saying again. Some of my biggest sources of discontentment have been from failing to slow down and enjoy the present moment. I often wonder how many missed opportunities have driven right past me because I was in a rush to get somewhere that I probably didn’t even want to be. I firmly believe that if we were to all listen to that voice that tells us to slow down, we would find all of the happiness that we desire. We would live within the only thing that we truly have, which is the moment that we are in.
Gratitude saves you money. So again, I have gone through some difficult times over the past few months that have caused me to review and redefine my relationship with money. Through reading several books, I realize that money has a vibration that has to be honored. Saying that I need money even though I have loose bills and change laying everywhere does not honor the money that I do have. When I had this revelation, I grabbed an empty water jug and wrote all sorts of nice words on it and gathered all of my loose change. Once I was done depositing change I probably had about a quarter of a jug full. After that, I organized my checking and savings account and made a 6-month financial goal plan. Now that I am learning to be grateful for the money that I have, money seems to seek me out personally. Just like all other living things, money wants to be appreciated and loved.
Gratitude increases your creativity. The other day, someone gave me a box of goods out of the blue, and I was very thankful. There was only one item that I did not know what to do with, but I did not want to waste it, so I just saved it and kept it in mind. I figured that eventually I would give it to someone who could use it. A few days went by and I was working on one of my many projects. There was something missing from the project but I didn’t know exactly what. I ended up using the item that was given to me in the box of goods a few days earlier and created something new and exciting. It makes sense that we should look a little closer at the things that we would consider throwing away out of mere convenience or disinterest. These could be the things that would change our lives for the better if only we would slow down and look a little closer.
Gratitude helps you set positive intentions. Gratitude and intentions are like peanut butter and jelly. You could have them separately, but together they make an unforgettable duo! Gratitude comes with rewards that you just do not want to lose. It is a good feeling to live in abundance of love, wealth and good health. Setting positive intentions helps you to pay reverence to gratitude; it is a way of saying “I acknowledge your gift and I will honor your gift with thoughtful and meaningful actions.
I am grateful that I have learned the benefits of gratitude. Without constant and deliberate gratitude, I had a habit of being wasteful with energy, with time, with love and with money. Gratitude allows me to evaluate and appreciate what I have. It shows up in my life all of the time; I realize that I don’t need that shirt because I just bought the exact same shirt 2 days ago. I can save the financial cost and the energy expenditure by being grateful for the shirt I already have. I don’t have to wait for someone else to love me because I am grateful for all of the love that I have inside of me that I share with others. I am grateful that everything that I need truly does live inside me, and that I have had the good fortune of going to find those things for myself.
I love to write about being thankful. Whenever I am down, I realize that I have so much to be thankful for. I realize that there are thousands of people who would take my problems in a heartbeat and turn them into a masterpiece. I love what the past year has taught me and I am excited about starting 2019 with the tool that will get me everywhere that I need to go- Gratitude!