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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankfulness

I have so much to be thankful for.  For starters, a national holiday premised on thankfulness!  How beautiful is that?  To gather with family, to honor our abundant harvest, to take the time to relax and just be grateful.


I’m thankful for Thanksgiving.

Speaking of family, they are actually tops on my thankfulness list.  A wonderful husband, a wonderful child.  Wonderful parents, grandparents, siblings, in-laws, and friends.  How did I get so lucky? 

There are some other biggies:  home, health, and job.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. (And knock, knock, knock on wood.)

But the simple pleasures deserve recognition too.  Great music, trees, chocolate chip cookies, laughter.

I’m thankful for a lot of things, actually.  But rather than post my list ('cause I know you have your own), I’d like to share an article I received Wednesday in my email in-box. 

The article below is by Christine Kane, a motivational, life-coach type.  I came across her website one day not long ago and got hooked.  Some of what she writes, including the article below, draws on the whole Law of Attraction philosophy, which may or may not be a bunch of hooey.  But, as I mentioned in my last post, I think there’s some truth to it.  

Anyway, Christine Kane is very down-to-earth and likable. What I like most about the piece below is the reminder to be present.  To notice the gifts we already have, to pay attention to every moment, is to be really alive.  And to be thankful EVERY day, is to know peace.  

Read on... but first, here are my picks for best Thanksgiving songs:

A happy and heartfelt love note:  Kind and Generous, by Natalie Merchant 

Like a breath of fresh air, I find this song moving and uplifting: Thank you, by Alanis Morissette 

Pure feel-good silliness:  Thank you, by Alvin & the Chipmunks  




Why Gratitude Makes You Happy & Wealthy
by Christine Kane

Gratitude is more than being thankful one day a year. Gratitude is a practice. For some, it's a way of life. 

Why do some people swear by the practice of gratitude? Why do these people have joy-filled and abundant lives?

In other words, why does gratitude make you happy and wealthy?

• Because gratitude is about presence. 

It's about waking up in this moment and being here -really being here - and noticing what's around you. Most people are so busy thinking about the next thing, or about their horrid past, that they don't wake up and look around at their present moment - the only moment there is. 

• Because gratitude is about honoring YOUR precious life. 

Do you ever compare your life with someone else's? Do you ever wish your life were better and more like [insert famous person's name here]? Sometimes we can lose ourselves in wondering how we "measure up" to some standard set by our families or by the media. Comparison is the mind killer. The antidote is gratitude. 

Gratitude requires that you validate your own life. (And you really don't have any other life, do you?) It forces you to say YES to the gift that is you. The choices you've made and the changes you've gone through -- they have brought you here. Even if here is a place that needs a little adjustment, that's okay. There are always gifts in any present moment.

• Because gratitude is about attracting. 

It's difficult to attract abundance and joy if you are constantly saying "no" to what IS. You say "no" each time you focus on the future or past, or when you criticize something that is in your present moment. 

Attraction is about saying Yes. When you say Yes, you shift. 

Gratitude says, "Yes, I love this!" And then more of this is attracted, because the this is what you're focusing on. 

• Because gratitude is about choice. 

How you translate any situation is the situation. What you choose to see is the truth (for you). 

This isn't proposing that you live in denial or phoniness. It's reminding you that your translation of any life situation is your choice. We've all heard stories of people who have ignored others' translations of their talent, their projects, their art, their looks, their lives. These people chose their own translations and succeeded. You always have a choice when it comes to how you look at things. Choose to choose gratitude.

• Because gratitude is about wisdom. 

I think people believe they're being smart if they criticize, complain, and focus on the problems of the world around them. 

Smart? Maybe. 

Clever? Sure. 

But not wise. 

It is wise to look for and find the knowing place in your heart. It is wise to choose joy. It is wise to honor your riches. It is wise to focus on and grow the blessings of your life. 

• Because gratitude is about recognition. 

Use your power of focus to hone in on beauty and on what makes your heart sing. Recognize the spirit in your life. It's all around you waiting to be noticed. In the words of Franz Kafka, "It will roll in ecstasy at your feet." 

• Because gratitude is about receptivity. 

Gratitude makes you receptive. It makes you a vessel, waiting to be filled. 

I carry a tiny notebook with me everywhere I go. In it, I write down song ideas. I write down quotes I hear. I write down ideas for stage stories. As I do that, I become more receptive, and more ideas and songs come to me. It's a tool that says to my subconscious, "Send more my way!" And the subconscious always responds. 

Gratitude is the same way. It says, "I am receptive! Send more!" And more arrives. 

• Because gratitude is about creativity. 

Creativity is really all about attention. (So is genius.) 

When I write a song, I build a relationship with that song. I spend time with it. I get to know it. I pay attention to it. Artists do the same thing with drawings. They spend time in rapt attention, and the drawing is born. 

Gratitude is how we Live Creative. It is a creative act to notice and pay attention to the moments of your life. Some days it's an enormous act of creativity to find things for which to be thankful. 

Start today. 

And have a Thanksgiving of presence, creativity, and gratitude!


Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com

1 comment:

twdavid said...

Enjoyed reading with gratitude...