It reminded me of a day a few years ago, when I was in a job that occassionally took me downstate, to Concord, NH, to the headquarters of the project I was working on was hosting a meeting.
For some reason, when I left my home about 2 hours north of Concord, I decided to find things that I was grateful for, and keep focusing on things I was grateful for as long as I could.
By the time I reached Plymouth, NH (which was about an hour and a half away), I was still listing things.
I noticed something else rather peculiar that day. For some reason I found myself in an almost spiritual place – nothing was bothering me, every thought I had was overflowing with a vague feeling of joy.
It was downright odd.
As I was writing in my newseltter, while it seems easy to find things to be thankful for on a sunny day when everything is going our way, it also sometimes seems difficult to find something to be thankful for if something has gone wrong.
It is when something is awry that it’s even MORE important to find things to be grateful for. It may be difficult for a moment or two, but once we find one or two small things that we can honestly be thankful for, it gets easier and easier.
And then, as I pointed out in the newsletter, it seems as though our circumstances begin to lighten up as well!
Here is an example of a fairly extraordinary thing that I heard someone be grateful for (I talked about this in the newsletter) – a homeless woman needed a safe place for the night, and was exceedingly grateful to come upon an outhouse that had a lock on the inside of the door. Just enough to make her feel safe, she stayed in there the whole night, truly giving thanks.
So, if someone can be thankful for that, can’t we ALL find something – no matter how seemingly insignificant or small – to be grateful for?
Here are a few “small” things to start the ball rolling. These are all things within my current and immediate reach, as I sit here typing:
I am thankful:
- that I have a car that runs and is paid for
- for my home – it is easy to heat, and doesn’t take much oil
- for the fact that glasses were invented so that I can still see and function without much help
- that I can smell the lilacs in front of my house
- that I can hear the hummingbirds zipping around the feeders right now
- that the water I’m drinking is clean
- that I can stand up and stretch or exercise my legs right this moment without someone telling me I can’t
- for a sense of humor, and that I can laugh like an idiot at a video of a cat licking a hamster (ahem… when I should be working. But I digress…)
- that I can look at mountains out my window while I type this entry…
So, if we take this a step further and look at the Elbert Hubbard quote, above, the more we ponder the wonder in our lives, it will be easier to “never forget the things that made you glad.”
Try the experiment for yourself, and see if you don’t find your day going better if you begin it with some time contemplating the many things that you can be thankful for in your lives.
It definitely works for me.
I don’t quite know where to start here when talking about Anita Moorjani and her near death experience…. It’s difficult when discussing something as seemingly intangible as an experience such as this – especially when it happened to someone else, and someone I have not had the pleasure or honor of meeting (yet!).
For the last couple of months I have been reading and listening to Anita Moorjani, a young woman who on February 2, 2006, was in the final stages of a cancer that had devastated her body. On the morning of February 2nd of that year, she was brought to the hospital, in a coma, and was expected to die within a day or so – at most.
Now, first of all, you might be wondering WHY on earth I would suddenly be totally fascinated – almost consumed, really – by a near death experience story of a woman I had never heard of. I’m not the type of person who talks much about death to begin with…
But let me say this: If you have NOT yet heard about this incredible woman and her story, you soon will. No doubt that this story is gonna go viral. It’s just far too powerful to NOT be spread around the world… (more…)
Boy, when I get inspired, I REALLY get inspired! People who know me are well aware of how fond I am of the spirituality behind the whole “As a man thinketh” idea. I absolutely love it!
Well, I came across a wonderful blog entry today (thanks to my friend David S. on Facebook in our “Positive Imperative” group). The article he brought to my attention was about “neuroplasticity” and our brain’s ability to create new pathways when others have been damaged. The article goes on to discuss the importance of making darned sure that our words are consistently positive.
It takes James Allen’s famous work “As a Man Thinketh” to a different level in light of more recent scientific discoveries than were likely known in Mr. Allen’s time. Of course, most of us have heard “Our thoughts become our words…our words become our actions…” etc.
In an article I just posted here at the site, I have given you the link to the article that David pointed out, and also offered a thought on how to encourage consistent practice in what the author (Barrie Davenport) recommends.
The topic is an important one, and I hope my readers will take it to heart. Please continue on to the page “As a Man Thinketh…With a Twist – the Power of the Spoken Word.” We all need to be vigilant not only about the thoughts we think, but what we say out loud.
I was just visiting Facebook, and saw a really neat positive story from someone that I wanted to share.
Turns out, this guy had once had an issue with drinking, and had been on the streets. He stayed in a homeless hostel. To make a long story short, he sobered up and got his life back together.
Nowadays, he works as a support worker for the homeless. Wow! I thought that was so incredibly powerful. And an example of how we can take what may have been a difficult situation and turn it into something positive for others.
In his own words, he said, “We can all give a little. But it can add up to a lot.”
Something to think about! 🙂
When I was a kid, my Dad gave me a lot of encouragement, and he read lots of motivational poems to me. One of them was “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar A. Guest. The poem was in a book called “The Best Loved Poems of the American People” – which I still have (see the photo) and which is now in a very tattered state!
I owe a LOT to my Dad. He was – and still is – one of my greatest pillars of support. I learned more from him than I think I have ever learned from anyone else in my life. Actually, I think I’ll need to share more about my Dad in some future posts – but suffice it to say that if everyone had a Dad as amazing as mine has been, it would be a more wonderful world than it already it.
(By the way – this is not to dismiss the amazing gifts I also received from my Mom, who unfortunately left this earth far too soon in 1987 after a long illness… I miss her very much, and I’m guessing I’ll write about her as well!)
Anyway, I became inspired to make a quick video for you about this poem, which I share with you now (I link to the print version below the video)
(Oh… If you decide you enjoyed my debut video – yes… this is my FIRST video on this blog – Please click the FaceBook “Like” button here – you won’t leave the page. Thank you SO MUCH!)
Anyway, I would like to share my favorite “It Couldn’t Be Done” story with you now – which you can read here at my article – CLICK HERE => A Motivational Poem – It Couldn’t Be Done.