“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 of them; the more we give, the more we get. This is in part a result of the law of attractions which states that we attract what we put out into the world–love begets more love, and forgiveness brings forth mercy, healing, and compassion. And when we bring joy into the lives of others, we find happiness ourselves. The same can be said, however, for the negative things we put out into the world, they bleed out into our own lives causing hurt, pain, and scars.
By showing gratitude, we “open the door for more to come,” for its power is multiplicative and far-reaching. And when we allow ourselves to feel thankful for the people, things, and situations in our lives, we acknowledge that we are indeed a blessing to us and that they are an important and meaningful part of our lives.
There will, of course, be times in our lives when things will not go how we had hoped or planned, and that is ok. For even during those difficult periods, there always are–and always will be–many positive aspects to our lives–our family, friends, career, possessions, health, living situations, activities, and so much more. We just have to allow ourselves to look beyond the negative and remain thankful and positive for all the blessings that are present. This gratitude keeps the door open for more positive things to enter in–our gratitude and appreciation set us up to receive those positive things, so that when they finally do come, we are ready to receive them.
Success is a by-product of gratefulness. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful realities of our lives, for once we begin to make active gratitude an important part of our day, we discover that we have opened the door to additional success, joy, love, happiness, and so much more for which we can be grateful.
Take the time to find authentic gratitude for the things in your life.
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