Those of you who know me know that I harp on about this quite a lot! That’s only because I know it’s so powerful. It really can quite literally change your world..For example, and you may of already heard this story before, so if I’m repeating myself I do apologise.
A few years ago, I was travelling down to my sisters to baby-sit. I was late and stuck in traffic; soon I was beginning to panic. The kids were waiting for me and every 5 minutes I was receiving phone calls enquiring about my progress. What made it even more urgent was that my sister and her husband were away and the kids were being dropped off by neighbours. My nephew was sitting out the back garden with the dog and I was still 20 miles away in bumper to bumper traffic!
And then….. I saw the petrol gauge flashing. I remembered that it had been flashing for a few days and I had forgotten all about it. My heart raced, 20 miles, no petrol station for at least another fifteen, nephew outside and I wasn’t moving. I didn’t know what to do.
“Just for today, I will live the attitude of gratitude.”
Suddenly it dawned on me that I hadn’t asked for help! I mean I talk about this stuff all the time and yet I had forgotten. I couldn’t believe it! So I promptly called on my angels and guides to please give me some petrol and to open up the traffic. Then I remembered something about gratitude, it was like the word floated across my consciousness. I started looking around me and saying I was grateful for everything, I was grateful for the sun in the sky for without it we’d all be driving around in the dark! I was grateful for the trees and birds and I was grateful for this time as it was allowing me to feel grateful (even though I didn’t feel it! ), I was grateful for my business and my family, my friends, my life….. I forgot about my situation and five minutes later when I looked at my petrol gauge I saw that it had two bars on it!
I was flabbergasted and thought maybe it was because I was on a descending slope, but no, five minutes later I was on an uphill and still the same two bars. The traffic opened up and the petrol gauge stayed at that same spot for another 15 miles until I reached the petrol station when it started flashing madly at me again. Kind of like the angels telling me – ok we helped you out, but don’t push it! I pulled in to the petrol station with a relieved smile.
Within another 10 minutes I was defrosting my nephew and relaxing in my sisters.
That’s how powerful living gratitude can be. Why not start using it for yourself?
Please let me know your stories, I’d be delighted to hear from you.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
Exercise for living Gratitude:
- At night write down everything that happened that day that you’re grateful for. (you can use the list below)
- Place that list under your pillow so that you’re literally sleeping on gratitude.
- Then when you wake up in the morning, take out that list and read it again and when you
9;re finished throw it out and make a new list for that day.
Gratitude completes the circle and allows more to come to you. It also re-focuses your attention so that your perspective is altered around events. For example, if you’re annoyed by an altercation you had with your boss that day, being grateful for it then allows you to see it from a different perspective.
It doesn’t change what happened but now you can learn from it and see that if it hadn’t of happened then you wouldn’t of realised X. X being maybe that you need to have a chat with him about the communication with you, or that you might need to make some changes in work or you could simply see the situation from his point of view and see if you’ve gained any insights. Other possible outcomes could be that you perhaps you’re feeling too attached to your job and would like more work/life balance.
Everything that happens in our life, good or bad, is a learning opportunity and it is our own responsibility to look for that. It is our perspective that stops this from happening but with gratitude you can release that once again.
Now start writing that list, you can make a copy of the below so that you have a fresh page for every day. Keep going until you’ve reached the full twenty things that you’re grateful for.
Today (Date:) _________________________________
I am grateful for:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, as always please contact me with any feedback. I’d be delighted to hear from you.