Beyond an Attitude of Gratitude.

We are all guilty of taking things for granted.  Lots of things.  We even resort to excusing the behavior as human nature even though we know it does not serve us well.  We know the value of raising our level of consciousness and being mindful of all that we have.

Let me share a couple ways I try to make it a part of my life.  When I open my eyes upon awakening in the morning, I say to myself “Thank you, God, for another day to do good things”.   Having lost my father when I was 17 years of age, I know all too well that life is short, precious and unpredictable.  I am also aware of how much the body has to do to “wake up and move.”   It is something that I love to acknowledge and celebrate and it is a great way for me to begin my day.

As the day progresses, I think about all the other blessings in my life…food on the table, fresh air, modern conveniences, and people in my life.   Like many of you, I have developed an attitude of gratitude or at least I try to.

These are what I refer to as internal expressions of gratitude.  They are usually expressed to ourselves.  Many of you may even use journals to capture these emotions.

Growing up we are taught to say “thank you” when someone does something for us.  Although our gratefulness is expressed to others in these cases, it is usually for an individual act.  I refer to this as an episodic thank you.

I wanted to share the “pure gold” of gratitude that I discovered when I recently took a year of my life to connect and communicate with those who have had an important influence in my life.  This process was externally expressed gratitude and it affected me in a profound way.   I told each of these life influencers how my life had been enhanced because of them and how grateful I am was.  I refer to this as systemic gratitude since it usually relates to a series of impacts over many years.

The insights from this experience were profound.  When Hay House Publishers asked that I write I book about this year long journey, I could not miss the opportunity to share this experience.  It is my hope that This Is the Moment will both raise the level of consciousness of the value and importance of expressing deep gratitude as well as give the reader all the tools needed to capture this opportunity.

Can you think of someone you want to acknowledge for his/her important influence in your life?  Just one person.  How did they influence you?  I invite you to share your thoughts in the Comments section below or on the Share Your Story page here on the website. By sharing your thoughts, others in our community will be able to better reflect on their own lives and identify those who they may want to acknowledge in the future.

In future blogs, I will tell you how I selected the people on my journey and what I said to them in the hopes you will be inspired to reach out to those who have made a real difference in your life.

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