Habit of Gratitude

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your level of gratitude? Do you give thanks continuously?

What should you include in your gratitude list? Just the good stuff? Only when life is going good? Only when it’s about something pleasing?

Mr. Emerson tells us we should include every good thing in our gratitude and give thanks continuously.

But, what is every good thing and what is giving thanks continuously?

He goes on to tell us all things should be included in our gratitude? Ugh! Even the unwanted, crappy stuff?! Even the stuff that hurts?! Even the mean stuff they did to us?! Can we possibly be grateful for all the bad stuff?!

YES! ALL THINGS! We should be grateful for all things, because each thing helped us grow and advance. Everything we experience has given us the opportunity to choose what we don’t want and then immediately know what we do want.

We can offer thanks for the bad stuff, because we can be grateful that it showed us what we do not want. Now, we know more clearly what we do want. Clarity comes when contrast is offered. Clarity to focus upon the specifics of what we do want. With clarity and focus comes a better-feeling vibration and expansion.

We can’t stand still–ever. We are always expanding, but in what direction have we chosen to expand? Are we expanding by focusing on what we don’t want? Or, are we expanding by focusing on what we do want?

If we begin to create the habit of gratitude, we will look for more things for which to be grateful. Personally, I tend to have the words, thank you, playing in my mind throughout the day. I’m just grateful for everything. Occasionally, I get side-tracked and look too long upon what I don’t want, or a problem, but mostly I can now see the benefits or silver-lining in most situations. That’s because I am determined to look for the positive aspects of each situation or condition, because I’ve decided that feeling-good is my top priority.

Everything that happens around us is assisting our advancement. Take advantage of it and create an environment of gratitude. Each time you choose to be grateful, you will never be the same person–moment by moment, you will be a newly advanced life breathing into All-That-Is!

~Mary Ann Pack



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