Monday, September 8, 2014

The key is gratitude

I've talked about gratitude both in these blogs and in my monthly ezine so often. But, really, can we talk too much about gratitude? It's such a wonderful attitude and makes such a difference in our lives when we focus on that rather than on the negative. As Johnny Mercer's lyrics said, "Accentuate the positive."Yes, accentuate it—and be grateful for it.

If you're one of those glass-half-empty people, I invite you to try find at least five things each day that are positive and for which you can feel grateful. If you do this over time, you just may start to look for life's blessings and as a result, see even more of them. And you just might overlook some of life's minor irritations, which otherwise may have become magnified in your mind.

Last week, I quoted author Melody Beattie on compassion and co-dependence. Another of her quotes resonates with me: "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more ... It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."

I like that. "It turns what we have into enough, and more ..." Doesn't that bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step? Doesn't it gladden your heart? Give gratitude space in your life

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