Be Grateful

“If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them. . . . The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour some heavenly blessings!” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts ….

This is such a beautiful analogy of how gratitude helps us to live our lives with much more meaning and purpose, to see the beauty and the wonder around us with much greater clarity. Our lives abound with heavenly blessings. And because my ability to attract more blessings into my life strengthens or weakens in direct relationship with where my focus is, if I am able to fill my heart with gratitude each day, I will constantly discover more things to be thankful for.

Our gratitude essentially acts as a filter through which we see and experience the world around us. The more thankful we are… the more beautiful and wonderful the world around us appears. The key is recognizing that the beauty and wonder of the world is always there whether we see it or not. This puts the onus on us to determine whether or not our experiences in life will be meaningful and fulfilling.

The law of attraction makes it quite clear that we attract to us from the world exactly what we give to it. Give unhappiness, and we will find more to be unhappy about; give gratitude, and we will find more to be thankful for. Even through the most difficult and trying times in our lives, if we are able to maintain gratitude, life will continue to provide reasons for us to be grateful.

Let your heart be grateful throughout the day.

Questions to consider:

How often do you “sweep through the day” with a thankful heart?

Are there really some “heavenly blessings” in every hour of each day? How might you attract more of them?

What kinds of blessings are available to find if we go through the day focused on lack, anger, envy, or frustration? Why?

For further thought:

“Can you see the holiness in those things you take for granted–a paved road or a washing machine? If you concentrate on finding what is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” ~ Rabbi Harold Kushner

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