I love when November comes around. There is a nip in the air that makes you feel frisky. Football season is in full force and everyone is working their way into a new year. November also hosts one of my favorite holidays. I adore Thanksgiving! Feasting with loved ones while giving thanks for all of our many blessings is how I like to live everyday. In November they make it a holiday! So let’s get started opening ourselves to the power of the thankful heart.
Many years ago it was suggested to me, by a mentor and guide that I sit down and write a gratitude list. I was going through a particularly rough time and had lost my inner compass. My perception was askew and this gratitude list was supposed to change that. I was to write down all of the things in my life that I had to be thankful for and this was to cause a major psychic shift to occur in my inner and outer worlds. Little did I know when beginning this exercise that it was to truly be one of the most powerful experiences of my life.
At first I struggled to find things to be grateful for. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and to find gratitude was tough. I persevered and began just writing the basics. I am glad I woke up that morning was sometimes the best I could do but I was diligent about this until my list grew long. Each day I would sit and write these blessings that were all around me. I have distilled it down to thirteen reasons and I will share these with you in hopes that you will connect these to the blessings in your world and incorporate an attitude of gratitude in living each day.
These thirteen gratitudes can be expounded upon to include the many blessings in your life. My list is to serve as a guide to awakening the thankful heart within. You may have been able to identify with many things. You may feel that some of these gifts are missing from your life and you have a long way to go. Don’t be discouraged, even if you aren’t working doing what you love, say thank you in advance that you will. Even if you do not yet feel prosperous, affirm that you are and be definite about it. One of the ancillary benefits of a gratitude list is that the very act of gratitude causes you to be magnetized to your good. Each time you sit down and do this exercise you are creating a future filled with these gifts.
I must admit that I have become rather addicted to writing my gratitude list. I began it on faith the same way I am asking you to try it. After just a few short days I began to feel a bit more hopeful and positive about myself and my circumstances. As more time passed others noticed a glow about me. This was enough to have me continue the practice but there was even more. I discovered that the things that I was being grateful for improved. It was as if my writing was watering the garden of my dreams and all the good stuff started to grow. Even though it felt like fiction when I began it has become fact for me. My gratitude list has come true for me and I know that it will for you. The power of a thankful heart can make all dreams real.