At this time of the year I tend to think about and remember universal rules that guide my life. Of these, gratitude has become the most important. If you haven’t read Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic, go and borrow it from your local public library. It might change your life. My own copy is well-worn, underlined, notated and highlighted, just like my college textbooks. I like it so much that I have given this book as a gift.
Recently, I have been trying to adopt a philosophy that simply says, “expect nothing, appreciate everything”. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Over the past year, as you may know, my life has changed dramatically. I, like you, have hit those crazy times that make me just shake my head and wonder how I ever managed to get into any particular situation. You know, those points on the road when things don’t seem to be going your way and frustration rules? I don’t know what you do, but I think, and I mull, and I drive myself nuts until I remember to write and let it all flow out through my fingers. I am grateful for my ability to write. Sometimes the written rant is like a dip into a calm ocean on a warm night in August. If you live near the water, you understand this.
As Deepak Chopra explains, there is a power in gratitude that opens the human mind and heart allowing positive energy to flow. It just makes me feel good. When I feel good, I can do more and be more and give more, which makes me even more grateful. It is an upward cycle that combats so many negatives! Basically, what you give in this life is what you get. I have always found that the more thankful I am for what I have, the more I receive. So, I strive to live a life of gratitude, and I find that I am on the path to life of abundance.