Today is Thanksgiving again for the Canadians. We’re a little ahead of the game here up North. Not unlikely because very soon hell might freeze over once more. Might as well get Thanksgiving out of the way. But the time of year doesn’t matter. Anytime is a good time to practice developing an attitude of gratitude.
Wayne Dyer said “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.
People often become discontent with their lives and surroundings. It’s no surprise. There is an entire “self-help” industry set up to make us feel inadequate. We are not thin enough, not rich enough, not hip enough. The message that surrounds us is loud and clear: You are not good enough.
And we buy it. Think about it. Ask yourself, how many times have you postponed your happiness? How many times do you catch saying, “If only this happens, then I’d be happy”. It might be that new house, a new job, a new relationship. If you get caught up in this way of thinking you will never be happy. If you place Happiness on the horizon, you’ll never get there. There will always be more you think you need to complete your life.
“Poverty is a state of mind often brought on by the neighbours new car”.
When we see others buying new things, we feel poor because we cannot afford these luxuries. But in reality we only think we are poor. This state of mind is relative to whom you are comparing yourself to. If you were to change your thinking and look at the homeless, then you would realize how rich you are. You have a roof over your head, and food on the table. Maybe it’s not your dream house. Maybe you are eating peanut butter sandwiches and not caviar. Either way, you have shelter and you’re well fed. And that in itself makes you one of the richest people on this planet.
The key is to turn that thinking pattern around. Stop comparing yourself to others. Most people do not realize the benefits of being grateful for what you have. Instead they focus on all the things they don’t have. This downward spiral brings disappointment and negative thinking. As a result many of us feel overworked, and depressed. Gratitude lifts our spirits and gives us a clearer focus on life as it is. We will be content with what we have. An attitude of gratitude brings a spirit of peace and contentment.
There is always something you can find to be grateful for. It might be the simple fact you’re still breathing. Gratitude is the first step in achieving the things you want to achieve in life. Don’t wait until American Thanksgiving to be thankful. Let our Canadian Thanksgiving be your reminder. Develop in an “Attitude of Gratitude” in your daily life.
Begin today. Bringing your consciousness to a level of gratitude changes the vibes you send out into the world. Whether you just speak your thoughts of gratefulness in your mind, or begin to journal things to be grateful for each day, things will begin to shift for you, and you will feel much more at peace with yourself.
Thank you for reading this post, and happy “grate-fulling” 🙂
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