May 14     

Today's quotation:

Feeling grateful to or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.

Christiane Northrup

Today's Meditation:

Gratitude 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-- sincere 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 appreciate only when we feel and show our sincere appreciation.

Yesterday 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.

If 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.

Questions to consider:

Why do we tend to take so many things for granted?

How can something like gratitude or appreciation act like a magnet?  What kind of principle allows or causes this to happen?

What kinds of things do you attract to your life through your attitudes and perspectives?

For further thought:

How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age.  Thanksgiving opens the doors.  It changes a child's personality.  A child is resentful, negative--or thankful.  Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.

John Marks Templeton

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