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Gratitude as a Tranforming Life Force

Most of you will recall the blockbuster book Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Oprah rocketed the book and the author through the atmosphere several years ago. This was my first introduction to the concept of gratitude as an adult. As a child, I was drilled with the concept of gratitude via Catholicism, but…I was a kid. Kids never listen.

My personal practice of gratitude has brought me comfort and perspective in the most stressful times in life. But instead of torturing you with my “take” on the concept, I’ll gift you with the words of those far more knowledgeable and poetic.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~ Melody Beattie

Paraphrased from Day 14, Simple Abundance, regarding the Gratitude Journal:

After consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life, you simply will not be the same person. You set into motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

As you recognize and give thanks for the gifts in your life, and inner shift in your reality will occur. Soon your will be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. As you focus on the abundance rather than the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality.

A French proverb reminds us that “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” Begin to explore and integrate this beautiful, life-affirming principle into your life, and the miracle you have been seeking will unfold to your wonder and amazement.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

Do you employ gratitude in your everyday life? Can you share the benefits or transformations you’ve experienced because of it?

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday.



Blogger spyscribbler said...

Best post I've read in a long time! Thank you!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Linda Winfree said...

Love these ideas, Joan! Thanks for sharing this. :-)

6:02 PM  

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