is one of the strongest magnets in the world. When
we feel and express our gratitude, then we're opening
doors and windows through which many good things can flow
into our lives. If we keep those doors and windows
closed, though, we can count on not attracting to
ourselves very many of the things that truly count in
life, such as good people and good things.
appreciation, that is--is one of the keys to a rich, full
life. Appreciation and gratitude prove that we don't
take things for granted, that we're not expecting certain
things simply as a matter of course in our lives.
And because life tends to mirror to us just what we give
to life, it can give us back more to be grateful for only
when we feel and show our sincere gratitude.
someone came and took away the trash that we left
outside. Most people see this as a normal part of
life--of course they took the trash away, for that's their
job. But when I think of all the work I would need
to do if these people didn't provide this service to me,
I'm filled with gratitude that their service allows me to
focus on other things in my life. People also keep
the water flowing in our town, and they keep the
electricity coming to our home. People stock the
shelves at the supermarket so that I can buy the foods I
need and want, people drive trucks to deliver the gasoline
to the stations where I buy gas. . . and on and on.
you want to have in your life more of the things that you
value deeply, then it's important to feel and to show
gratitude and appreciation--two of the most important
magnets in our lives that so many people neglect as they
take things for granted.