Creativity Pathway #126: An Attitude of Gratitude

  • Would you notice if you were really curious about the name of the soon-to-be-released book in your favorite series and the next day, on a channel you never watch, there it was floating across the screen?
  • Would you notice if you filled five bags with ill-fitting clothes and then received a call from the Kidney Foundation asking if you had anything to donate to the truck coming to your neighborhood the very next day?
  • Would you notice if one morning, when you were really stretched for time, a class was canceled, allowing you the exact hour you needed to get everything accomplished?

These are not mind-blowing, outrageous miracles. Or, are they? Our LifeTrek articles often speak of the importance of asking God / the Universe / your Higher Power for exactly what you need. So often, because of the power of asking and intentioning, we find that we have been blessed with exactly what we needed. In those moments of receiving, we are joyful….and then we go on about our lives.

When we do not take the time to be thankful we miss the next level in the joy of receiving. Receiving is a give and take exchange. If we simply take, we do not allow ourselves to grow. Great spiritual teachers are so fully alive because they have chosen to be mindfully grateful. “A blessing is a ‘yes’ to goodness, to grace, to an ultimately friendly universe. Blessings connect us to the wellspring of our very being,” says William John Fitzgerald, a “retired” pastor and author of 100 Cranes.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of California Davis, sites that research about gratitude shows: “a person experiencing gratitude is protected from the destructive impulses of envy and greed; the practice of gratitude as a spiritual discipline curbs materialism and its attendant negative emotions of envy, resentment, disappointment, and bitterness; gratitude supports well-being by displacing resentment, regret, and other psychological states deleterious to long-term happiness; and grateful people experience higher levels of positive emotions • happiness, vitality, optimism, and hope • and greater satisfaction with life.”

Let’s live by Alice Walker’s advice, “Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.” And, when you are surprised, take a moment to say “Thank You.” Notice how gratefulness extends the joy of the experience and allows you to more fully participate in it.

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (Erika@LifeTrekCoaching.com)
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH  •   U.S.A.

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