Gorging on Gratitude

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero

“Stop thinking gratitude as a buy product of your circumstances and start thinking of it as a world view.” Bryan Robles

Tomorrow onThanksgiving and many of us will be thinking about all the things we are grateful for.  Our families, friends and health may be at the top of the list.  Being grateful for the obvious blessings in life comes naturally, so my question for you this Thanksgiving is can you extend appreciation to things that may not be so obvious on your gratitude list?

Can you be truly grateful for EVERYTHING in your life? Even to the circumstances, situations and/or people that are challenging?

Can you be grateful for all the times you did not get what you wanted or what you expected?  Instead of thinking that something else would be better, move into faith that what is happening is what you actually need the most even if it doesn’t feel like it.  Trust me, if things were supposed to go differently they would have.

Can you be grateful to all the people who you have felt hurt you?  Instead of holding onto any blame or feelings of rejection move into appreciation of all your “soulmates” who have come into your life to teach you valuable lessons about love.  The ones that you feel hurt you the most are most often the ones who give you the greatest gift of all: an opportunity to create a more loving relationship with yourself.

Can you be grateful for any financial challenges you may be facing?  Instead of worrying and focusing on lack, shift your awareness into acceptance of what is. You are abundant in many other ways.  Money does not define you.  You are full of earning potential.

Can you be grateful for the questions in your life? Instead of creating suffering by telling yourself you need to figure out all the answers, find peace in the unknown.  We are not supposed to have it all figured out all the time.  Really.

Can you be grateful for the exact size and shape of your body?  Instead of criticizing parts or thinking you should look different than you do, can you just relax and love whatcha got?  Your body houses your Soul.  Stop making such a big deal over how it looks and start using it to play, create and move more – I recommend dancing.  A lot.

Can you be grateful for all your losses? Instead of living in the past, feel your grief and say goodbye.  Stop thinking that something or someone should still be there. By focusing on what is not there you may not be seeing all the wonderfulness that is surrounding you.

Can you be grateful for any health condition you have? Instead of identifying with an illness or any physical ailment, see it as a messenger with important and incredibly unique lessons that you get to discover.  Add a dose of gentle gratitude to your treatment plan.

Can you be grateful for all the times you felt less than or alone?  Instead of making it mean anything about your worth or value, see it as a way in which your Higher Self is trying to get your attention.  Your Higher Self knows how important it is for you to have one-on-one time when you’ve gone into patterns of comparison or feelings of unworthiness to reconnect to these Truths: you are no better or worse than anyone else and you are never truly alone.  Love is always with you. Appreciate the reminder.

Can you be grateful for all the choices you have made? Instead of living with regrets or “shoulda coulda woulda” move into the knowing that you have always done the best you could. You cannot mess up your destiny. I promise.

True gratitude means that we are grateful for EVERYTHING in our life.   It’s easy to appreciate the things in our life that are “good.” But Love does not see good or bad.  Love accepts and appreciates everything.  Yes you may have experienced sadness, grief, anger, fear, anxiety – you are a human after all.  Yet just because you have these emotions does not mean you have to judge a situation as “bad.” As soon as you move into judgment of anything or anyone, you’ve moved out of Love. The more you see everything in your life through the eyes of Love, the sooner you will get to gratitude.

So this Thanksgiving I encourage you to stuff yourself full of appreciation.  It is absolutely delicious!

With heart-felt gratitude,



Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Innerspace

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  • http://cleanandsimplelife.com Charity

    Fantastic! A reminder-much needed. Loving it all-the good the bad, the beautiful and the ugly is necessary. Have you read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp? I am reading it right now and your post complimented it perfectly. The Universe/God is clearly telling me something!! Thank you!


  • http://20somethingrevealed.wordpress.com/ Jordan S

    Great article! And something I really needed to hear. It actually inspired me to create my own list & share your tips on my blog! See my 20-something gratitude list here: http://bit.ly/rTlLaZ.

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