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The Secret to living a life to be thankful for

November 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Maybe it’s because I read a lot of blogs by writers in the US – where it was Thanksgiving last week, but lately I have noticed so much writing about gratitude and about noticing the good things, counting your blessings and so on.

And it all bears repeating (although my kids think I sound a little like a broken record).  Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance guides us to keep a Gratitude Journal and write down, every single day, five things we are grateful for that day.  Knowing we are keeping this commitment to ourselves at the end of each day makes us notice positive things during the day – it just happens – we start noticing the positive things in our life more and more.

And the wonderful thing about noticing the positive, the everyday little miracles and beauty, means we bring more and more of them into our life.

Here’s her quote:

Each night before I go to bed, I write down five things that I can be grateful about that day. Real life isn’t always going to be perfect or go our way, but the recurring acknowledgement of what is working in our lives can help us not only to survive but to surmount our difficulties.

Simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy – all other principles that can transform your life will not blossom and flourish without gratitude… you simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law – the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

As you focus on the abundance rather than the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality. Begin this day to explore and integrate this beautiful, life-affirming principle into your life, and the miracle you have been seeking will unfold to your wonder and amazement.

As I talked about this month in Sanctuary – with my theme of Noticing Miracles – what we put our focus on shows up more and more in our lives.  We start attracting it.

Last week, we (G, Gorgeous Girl, younger son and I – Captain Scarlett was too busy studying) watched The Secret.  And the next day, taking younger son to school, the topic of the movie came up.  I asked him what he got out of the movie (or 8-year-old words to that effect) and he said – Gratitude Stones and how that little boy who was so sick got healed and was swinging on the swing really happy. 

For those of you who havent seen The Secret, there is a passage where one of the presenters (sorry, cannot remember who at the moment) was talking about carrying an ordinary stone in his pocket so that everytime he felt it, he would remember to be grateful for something.  He explained this to a fellow one day, and that man went on to explain how he requested that the first guy send him some gratitude stones as his son was really, really sick.

Long story short, the stones were sent, and the father changed his focus from the tragedy of his son’s illness and on to gratitude for all he did have.  And his son recovered fully.  They have since raised a lot of money by selling Gratitude Stones… and this totally captured the imagination of my son.

He has started collecting stones to give as Gratitude Stones for Christmas – and the one I get will be my most treasured possession (I’ve already told him that will be his gift to me).

What are you grateful for, right now? 

Do you keep a gratitude journal?  We’d all love to hear how keeping this journal has made a difference in your life! Are you willing to share?  We’d be ever so grateful ;-)

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