Weekly Tidbit: Gratitude
I'm having a grateful day. A grateful day is when you appreciate what you have, even if it is less than you had yesterday. I had that lesson brought home to me this week when my washing machine expired and I called about an ad in the paper for one for sale. The woman I spoke to said yes, she had a machine for sale, but it was not available for a week and a half and everybody "wanted it today". So we both laughed and got to talking and she told me her story. She is still using her washing machine today, but when she has to move out of her house due to foreclosure next week, she will be happy to sell it to me. I got real grateful for my situation real fast.
Seven years ago when I was going through a time of tremendous change and letting go, a time when my life felt like it was coming apart, a friend sent me this haiku by Mizuta Masahide:
"Barn's burnt down.....
now I can see the moon."
Those few words seemed to me to evidence an almost holy attitude of gratitude. And they helped me shift perspective on my state of affairs, and I moved forward into more light by their grace.
Gratitude has become one of my best tools and greatest joys. It raises my emotional vibration no matter how low I have gone. Making a gratitude list is an action that moves me out of self pity or fear or worry into a mode of creation. The active practice of gratitude literally changes my life in that moment and shapes my future because when gratitude is part of my daily life, wonderful things seem happen more often. The more gratitude I practice, the more I get to feel grateful about. I suspect that the vibration of gratitude is a close match to the vibration of manifestation.
I like the way Albert Einstein said it: "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." May your eyes see with gratitude the beauty and miracles in your life every day.
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Charly Hill is a Life Skills Coach and Self Empowerment Teacher.