Creating a life of abundance for yourself is simple if you don’t forget the magic words: “Thank you!” At a time of year when many cultures celebrate harvest festivals and days of thanksgiving, it’s important to remember how much we all have to be grateful for, and to take on that “attitude of gratitude” not for just one day, but to make it a part of our daily lives.
Now, you might say, “What does being grateful have to do with abundance? Maybe I don’t feel like I have much to be grateful for. I’m not a millionaire, I don’t drive a BMW or a Mercedes, I hate my job….” This list could go on and on, couldn’t it? But you may notice that the list consists only of the things you DON’T have, and that’s called focusing on a lack. There is a rule of the Universe that whatever you direct your focus on ends up being what you emphasise or energise and create more of. So, when you focus on what you don’t have, you’re simply creating more lack!
I want you to give thanks for what you DO have and the fortunate experiences each day brings. I recommend starting with the small things. For example, maybe you got a seat on the bus or train this morning on the way to work and didn’t have to stand, or maybe your drive was easy and stress-free. Maybe the weather forecast said rain, but the sun came out. Or, even if you’re unhappy in a job, at least you have one! And then, of course, there are the people in your life. You can be grateful to have the love and support of friends or relatives. And don’t forget about the unconditional love of pets as well.
The Hausa people of Nigeria have a saying, “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” And that is really how the Universe works! When you focus on and express your thanks for all that you DO have, and the joy and love already in your life, then you will create even MORE abundance, joy and love. To help you in this process, each night, I recommended jotting down a few events or occurrences from your day that you’re grateful for. Write them in a little notebook and you’ll have a gratitude journal. When you take time to think about it, I think you’ll be surprised by the number of entries you come up with. You are already blessed and will be blessed even more when you have a grateful heart.
And, as Native American wisdom teaches us, don’t forget to “give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
The first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.”
Classical Scholar, Thomas Morell
Your action for today is to think of someone who is setting a good example for you and vice versa.
Have an extraordinary day!