August 21     

Today's quotation:

Turn your attention to the many ways in which you are blessed in your life; think of these things with sincerity, and you will discover an endless stream of blessings that come to you.


Today's Meditation:

I have many blessings in my life.  Sometimes I start to get focused on blessings that I wish I had, but don't, or on blessings that other people have, but I don't.  Those are the times that I do myself a disservice, for that's when I sabotage myself.  By focusing on what I don't have, or the areas of lack in my life, I attract more lack.  If I can pay attention to the many blessings that are a part of my life, I can attract many more blessings.

Imagine a generous person who gives you a lot of something, be it money, love, or whatever else you can imagine.  If you delight in the gift and appreciate it and love it, then that person has motivation to give you more; after all, most of us love to give to an appreciative recipient.  If, on the other hand, you say "That's all?" or "That's not exactly what I wanted," what kind of motivation would that person-- or anyone else for that matter-- have for giving you anything else?

We must focus on the blessings if we're going to do service to life.  Life has provided us many, many blessings, yet our tendency is to take them for granted and not recognize them for the wonderful blessings they are.  And when we do this, we lose out.  We don't attract more blessings when we neglect to turn our attention to the blessings that already are a great part of our existence.  And that's a shame, for life is all about receiving and appreciating blessings, and they could come in an endless stream if we'd just start attracting them by appreciating and loving those we already have.

Questions to consider:

How long would it take you to list twenty true blessings in your life?  How often do you focus on them?

Is there any other way to attract more blessings to your life?

What kinds of blessings would you like to have in your life that aren't there right now?

For further thought:

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way.  In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.

Ralph Marston

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