“The people who are successful are those who are grateful for everything they have. Giving thanks for what we have always opens the door for more to come, and ungratefulness always closes the door.” – Alan Cohen
In nearly every aspect of life, the more we put into things, the more we get out–the more we give, the more we get. It is in bringing joy to others, that we find happiness ourselves; and by showing gratitude in life, that we “open the door for more to come.” The power of gratitude is far-reaching. And when we feel thankfulness for the things, the people, and the situations in our lives, we are acknowledging that we are, indeed, blessed, and that our blessings are meaningful to us.
Of course there are things that go wrong in our lives. I have been through some awful times, many through no fault of my own, and many as a result of poor decisions that I have made and poor approaches that I have taken. But through it all, there have always been many positive aspects of my life–family, friends, work, possessions, living situations, activities to do, and so on. And being able to stay thankful for the positive things in my life, in spite of the negative ones, has been one of my saving graces.
As Alan points out, when we are thankful for what is in our lives, we are keeping a door open to allow for more of the positive things to come. Our gratitude and our appreciation set us up to receive those positive things, so that when they finally do come, we are ready to receive them. However, if we are not ready to receive the positive things, they will not reach us.
Success is a by-product of gratefulness. When we start to make active gratitude an important part of our lives, we will find that we have opened the door to much more for which we can be grateful.
Take the time to find authentic gratitude for the things in your life today.
Questions to consider:
How do you see the relationship between gratitude and success?
Why do so many of us allow gratitude to take a back seat in our lives?
What do you have in your life right now for which you can be grateful, but for which you have not realized or shown that gratitude?
For further thought:
“A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things.” – Plato