The Power of Gratitude

I have a lot of things in my life to be grateful for.

To be honest, I’m not always able to see all of these things. I allow myself to get bogged down with the less-than-perfect parts of life to the point that they overshadow the many, many good things.

That’s the thing about negativity. Once you allow it to creep in, it is a slippery slope…to the point where you can’t really see the good stuff anymore. Or if you DO see it, it has become tarnished and dull.

But gratitude — being thankful for everything from the big to the small –polishes up all that is tarnished and dull and gives it a new, shiny gleam. It helps to gloss over the flaws so that you can admire the shine. Sure, the dents and flaws are all still there, but they don’t matter nearly as much. Polish has a way of doing that.

If you’re reading this right now and struggling with anything — big or small — the best advice that I can offer up is this: just say thank you. Thank The Universe for everything good in your life as it is right now, this very minute. Don’t wait until everything is perfect because I can assure you — it will never be. The good news — the one thing that I know for sure in this life — is that you don’t need perfection to be happy. Thank you doesn’t make the bad stuff go away, but it sure makes it a whole lot less important.

Throughout my life, and  the last five years in particular, I have learned that expressing gratitude it one of the most important things in life. Grateful people appreciate what they have. They are happier than the average person, often even when they don’t have as much. Good things happen to grateful people — their positivity draws others toward them, since we all know that like attracts like. In the last five years I have had more wonderful people enter my life and more wonderful experiences than I can count.

On the flip side of the coin, I’ve had a whole lot of negative people exit my life, too. Because something else I’ve noticed is that negative people really don’t like to be around positive people. They might think that they do, but eventually that positivity wears them down. They begin to think that there’s no way that someone can remain that positive, and so it must not be genuine. Maybe they even try to steal some of that positivity away, wanting to knock the other person down a notch or two. Because there’s nothing worse for a negative person than being a witness to someone else’s joy.

I’ve been doing my best lately to just offer up a simple thank you to The Universe for all that has been brought my way in life. Everything from my daughters and my husband to my career to the piece of chocolate mint avocado fudge I ate this evening and everything in between. I may not be a millionaire or a perfect size zero or have the perfect dream career. But what I do have is pretty damn wonderful anyway.

Thank you, Universe. Thank you for everything that I have, and everything that I am. I truly am a fortunate woman.


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