Friday, January 19, 2007

Enriched With Gratitude

An uneventful or even a disastrous day is filled with valued gifts when we take a moment to reflect upon them.
A long line of people stood in the checkout line of the new department store in town. A lady with her arms full of items, while holding a toddler on her hip, waited patiently for her turn to check out. A total stranger, who was next in line to check out, motioned to her to step in front of him. Her face beamed with gratitude as she passed the five people in front of her and took his place in line. It was such a small act of kindness; yet, her heart was overwhelmed with happiness. She experienced a brief, but genuine moment of sincere gratitude, with such joy, that it altered the course of her day.
Gratitude is one of the most important components for attracting prosperity and abundance. No matter how brief the experience may be, joy and abundance is the accompanying emotion of gratitude. F-e-e-l-i-n-g abundant, prosperous, joyful, enriched with gratitude makes it a reality.
On the surface, a sense of feeling indebted in one way or the other to the person who took care of you or gave of themselves, but looking deeper, that feeling is actually an advanced awareness of being connected to another human being. From this intimate human connection comes the awareness of being connected to everything in the Universe.
When we break out of our small, self centered enterprises and viewpoints with all those expectations and control dramas, gratitude flows freely. We appreciate the intentions and even the simplest gesture of kindness. Everything in our world begins to look lighter, brighter and rich.
We are supported in countless ways and by one and other through every moment of our lives. Thanks to all those engineers, technical designers, assembly workers, salespeople and many others who brought to you the computer you are using, you begin to feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation.
Reflecting back to when you awakened from sleep, go through the day’s events and notice all the luxury of your life. The rich taste of your morning coffee is especially appreciated when you think of process and the journey of the coffee to meet its destination for you to enjoy.
As you reflect on all that is in your world and the life you live, you will most likely feel an insurmountable sense of gratitude to the world. This is actually an insight that is humbling and exposes your inner desire to be of service and generous to others.
Going through the day’s events in the same way as becoming aware of your prosperous life, except this time, notice what you have given to others generates the flow of abundance in the continuum of appreciation and gratitude.
You will be inspired by the variety of ways that your wealth has increased and you will feel connected to the increased wealth of others as you become more grounded in gratitude.

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