Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gratitude



The Happiness of Your Life Depends on The Quality of Your Thoughts. 


Gratitude Turns What We Have Into Enough
Some days you may feel down, depressed, saddened, etc... maybe something didn't go "right" today, or maybe NOTHING went right today. But is it the end? No, there is always tomorrow. Many times we may experience these up and down moments or days, but we must always remember the GOOD Things in our lives and BE GRATEFUL for what we DO HAVE and not dwell on what we don't.


The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! ~ Henry Ward Beecher 


Instead of continuing to tell yourself of what you don't have in your life at the moment or haven't achieved, remind yourself of what you DO HAVE and what you HAVE DONE & ACHIEVED and how you can continue to do more! You may have already accomplished great feats and achievements, but remember, God doesn't set any limit for your dreams, so continue to let them grow and continue to chase after them set the bar high and don't be afraid to try!

Difficulty Presents Opportunity

Don't get discourage by difficulty, this is the only way you can learn/achieve something new. 



"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" ~ Albert Einstein 

Sometimes, the days may grow long, work gets tiring, getting older seems to only proceed onward. But we cannot let these small matters overcome the larger picture. The larger picture that includes all of the positives in your life! How Grateful do you feel today? What are you Grateful/Thankful for at the moment? Good health, family, friends, a secure job, good weather, etc.. the list could go on. The list of things you should be thankful for is infinite & sometimes you just need to slow down and remind yourself of everything that is POSITIVE in your life at the moment. The cynicism and negative thoughts may always seem the loudest in your mind or among a group people, but the Optimistic, Positive, and Grateful thoughts are the most powerful and life changing! So let these fill your daily life and overcome the negative and cynical thoughts. 

Slow Down & Be Humble

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. ~ Tecumseh 

So I encourage you today and everyday to slow down and take some time out each day to reflect on this topic of Gratitude and Give Thanks for what you actually DO HAVE in your life. It may also it may help you to not get as easily discouraged by each day's events. Maybe it will help you become more humble for the small things in your life and learn not to take them for granted. You will start to notice the small little things that are often overlooked each day, such as; , having food to eat, clean water to drink, good health, electricity, money, entertainment, a good book to read, or 
friends and family. Whatever it is no matter how big or small hopefully you will start to realize you cannot take these things for granted no matter where you live and you should give thanks for each one. 

Gratitude & Appreciation
Give God thanks each opportunity you get and also never hesitate to give thanks to one another, show your appreciation and gratitude towards others each and every day. The smallest complement can make the biggest difference!

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. ~ Alan Cohen 

Put your faith and trust in God and be grateful of everything and every opportunity he presents you! Many people wake up day after day and don't realize all of the little miracles, opportunities, and events God presents to them each day. If you haven't tried looking at it in that perspective, I encourage you to try tomorrow and one day you'll see how everything is connected. God is watching, listening, and waiting for you to reach out to him, it is never too late, He is a loving and giving God. No matter what you tell him that is on your mind or bothering you, he always listens. 

As for me, I'm  grateful just to have shoes on my feet, good health, the best family/friends I could ask for, and a loving God I can put my trust and faith in. I'm thankful for all of these reasons and so many more!
- Ross 

I'm Thankful to God and every opportunity He presents me.