Being Grateful

First, you believe that there is one intelligent substance, from which all things proceed. Second, you believe that this substance gives you everything you desire. And third, you relate yourself to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.

Wallace Wattles

I usually get up fairly early and these days, that means it’s dark when I manage to make it to the kitchen to start the kettle.  Lately, nearly every morning now, I am privileged to experience one of the most amazing sounds in the Universe, to my mind.  That of flocks of geese, flying over the house, calling to each other in the barely emerging light.  As it is becoming more frequent, it can only mean one thing.  Autumn is on its way, which happens to be my favourite time of year. 

There are other signs, too.   The leaves on certain trees are just beginning to show signs of yellow and sugary red.  Acorns are beginning to drop from the oak trees and the squirrels are stepping up their game of collecting, hiding, and forgetting them.  The shadows are growing longer and the days are growing shorter.  The nights are getting cooler and the duvets are coming out of the closets where the spent a few summer months in their own form of hibernation.  And, all of this makes me very grateful.

Grateful for those honking calls which, by paying attention to them, I get to Co-Create along with the Universe.  Grateful for the turning leaves which will soon make their descent.  Grateful for the lengthening shadows and the cooler air.  All of it. 

Be grateful for the weather, the sun, the moon, the chill in the air. Be grateful for the seasons, the sounds of the birds, the soft patter of rain. When you drive to work, notice and be grateful for the trees and shrubs that line the roads. Be grateful for the commute itself, for providing the opportunity to see those trees in that exact place on that particular road. Be grateful for the road, too. You can even be grateful for the traffic because it allows you time to sit in it and practice being grateful.

                                                                                                                The Masterful Way – Chapter 17

So, as a challenge to you, find something to be grateful for every day and practice the art of gratitude.  I can guarantee you will notice how differently you feel if you keep it up.  Gratitude will change your world. 

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar

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