“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What could change if you were more grateful?
It turns out that gratitude is one of the most important attributes of the happy person. Circumstances shape a life, gratitude makes a life. David Horsager the author of the “Trust Edge” writes that the “single greatest commonality of happy people is an attitude of gratitude”. Why don’t we practice being grateful if that is one of the keys to happiness?
To be a grateful person it takes a bit of humility, ability to listen to others with empathy, to see the potential of others, to see your own potential, to encourage others, and to be genuine. In a mixed up world that we live into today more people are worried about how “they” fit into the world, how they gain or profit from others. Being grateful means showing that you care about others and other things that are not materialistic in nature.
Given the violence that was experienced a week ago at a small school in Newtown, Connecticut many people were reminded to be grateful for each moment. Every moment matters and taking care to be grateful for the preciousness of life is important.
Join a campaign of gratefulness today. Inspire others with your words or take a moment to reflect on what you are grateful for. Take a look at a sunset or a sunrise and marvel at the beauty. Just take a few minutes out of your day to STOP and be grateful.
Take a look at “The Gratitude Book Project” for 2013 and get ideas on how to be more grateful. If gratefulness is a direct link to greater happiness then learn how to be more grateful.
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
― Maya Angelou
Time there is never enough of it or at least so it seems. People working more than two jobs scramble to make all the pieces come together. Living with just a few threads of success life seems twisted and out of balance. Choices fly by at supersonic speeds and decisions need to be rendered in what seems to be seconds. Will it be the right choice or the wrong choice? What is right or wrong? Why me? Why do I have to make a choice in the first place? Life would be so much easier if someone would make the choice for me.
So, if you can have someone else make the decision for you then if it doesn’t work out you don’t have to take responsibility for that choice. The most powerful decision you can make is to make the decision to be responsible for all of your life. You have the choice, you have the power, and you are in control. Why turn your life over to a bystander, one that will never have to live with the advice, recommendation or the decision? Make the decision and take control.
What if the decision wasn’t the one you wanted? Your choice is then to aim the decision in a different direction.
In boot camp the drill instructors carefully instruct the recruits in the process of shooting a gun. The instructor yells out “READY”, “AIM”, “FIRE” and the recruits make sure they have everything ready and then they carefully aim at the target and then finally squeeze the trigger. The bullet moved forward by rapidly expanding gasses moves with great velocity towards the target. Once the bullet is in flight there is no way to change the path the bullet is on … it is going exactly where it was aimed. For many people that is how they view the decisions that they make, it was made and it is only going to go where it was aimed.
What if the decision was more like a guided missile? The target is aimed at and then the button is pushed and off goes the missile but … what if it was the wrong target? With a guided missile there is a choice, a choice to change the trajectory of the missile directing it towards a better target. That is “READY”, “FIRE” , “AIM”. Make the choice with all the ability you have and then make a decision to go for it, FIRE and then as you learn new things make changes or even look for a different target.
Who do you want to be responsible for your life?
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a voyage an endless sea of opportunity spreads out before us. As the sailor climbed to the highest point on the tallest mast to see if he could see land, he took a risk to observe the destination. Climbing the rigging was risky, and even more so hanging on to the mast as the seas tossed the boat. Opportunity is coming your way what are you going to do about it?
When will you courageously climb the mast and look beyond the horizon? It is there you’ll find what you are looking for.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many people focus on the things that didn’t get done during the day and not on the many things that did get done. Some people focus only on the things that went wrong in a day and not the things that went right. Develop a sense of gratitude for all the things that did go right. Remember that it took many, many more things to go right then what didn’t for each day to progress as far as it does. You are the captain of your boat, sail it gladly.
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do your best all of the time. Forget the failures and create new successes. Remember the lessons and seek greater significance.
What successes have you had lately?