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This Will Change Your Life!


Gratitude Is The New Attitude!

And why shouldn’t it be? Could we make up our minds to be grateful, once and for all?

Hmmm. Often, we are overly swayed by circumstances that invade our lives, sometimes gently and sometimes forcefully. Circumstances that we see as “bad.” Daily “stuff” that we don’t like.

But, what if?? What if we allowed ourselves to embrace that all is always well? That the world is a friendly place? That, as the authors Dr. Robert Holden and Louise Hay say, “Life Loves Me”?

What if we could see “heaven on earth” even in the midst of pain?

What if we could trust that God’s grace would be sufficient for every perceived trial?

We likely would Relish the Remarkable Ride of life a little more.

Grateful people see the glass as half full rather than half empty. Or, maybe even the glass as completely full.

Ever-present Gratitude allows us to see a world of abundance waiting for us instead of a world of scarcity lurking in the shadows.

Grateful people are happier. Thankful folks are healthier. Gratitude truly is a cornerstone for Loving Ourselves to Total Wellness of Body, Mind and Soul.

Gratitude Is The New Attitude!

The Experiment: Each day this week, find a situation or circumstance that is difficult and discover a way to re-frame it so that you can see it as a blessing. For example, if you get stuck in traffic, see it as a little extra time for you to say a prayer. If you have an especially hard day at work, be grateful for the fact that you actually have a job.

Let your gratitude flow. Practice expressing your appreciation to others more spontaneously and generously. Remember that the giver is always the receiver.

Silence Your Inner Critic: Sometimes it’s easier to whine instead of shine. You like your occasional pity party. Try the gratitude experiment anyway! You can lift your thoughts to ones of energy and wellness with a little practice. Give it a try!

Rock Our World with Your Comments: How does living in gratitude make a difference in your life? Write your thoughts in a personal journal, discuss with a friend or family member, or post a comment below or on our Facebook page. We thrive and grow with your input!

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    Gratitude is certainly an important attitude, virtue and positive way of looking at life. But in my opinion, there needs to be a balance between perceived reality and actual reality or we risk becoming unable to relate to others and it seem like we are denying our actually reality. It is much more helpful to use our pain and our situations of disappointment on this earth to encourage others that we have been through circumstances that were difficult instead of pretending we haven’t had any challenges. Not that we dwell on it all the time but we work through it and not just dismiss it. If we just dismiss it, it may pop up in the form of depression later. Earth is not heaven and there will be pain and circumstances and with a sincere heart of gratitude it will assist us in moving forward. So, that is an important point. However, this is where the balance comes in. We have to recognize our situation for what it is before we can move on and begin to help other people. I know in my own life when someone just wants to dismiss what happened to me that doesn’t help me heal. I don’t want someone to drill me about the past or my mistakes or the mistakes of my loved ones but be open to my sharing my disappointments without seeing me as negative. For instance, in the death of my husband, when I was 54 years old after a very long sickness and persecution (some of it definitely brought on by his choices and the desire to be “right” and get a pound of flesh by other religious leaders), I was so weary and tired of all the nonsense that I do not think I initially allowed myself time to grieve. I had so much pain and continued battles that I was in need of a break from everything negative and everything that related to that loss. In order to survive, I grasped on and moved forward to something completely different and made a new life for myself. While nothing is wrong with my choice, it is just that later when I look back, I realize I didn’t allow myself to go through all the stages of grieving because it was just too painful. So, now – often it appears and must be dwelt with. Maybe that is the way it would have been anyway. I don’t know. But I have learned to be grateful for all the good things of the past and all the good things in my present situation and all the good things to come in my future. That is where my faith comes in and is immensely important to me.


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      Patty Bilhartz


      Bless you, my dear sister! Thanks for sharing your heart with us.


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