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The Gratitude Game

August 2014 425

Are you feeling grumpy?  Stuck?  Depressed?  Perhaps it’s time to shift into a place of gratitude.  You may be thinking, ‘Gratitude? How can I feel grateful when I don’t have the money to pay my bills, when my body is aching, and when this country is such a mess?!’  And I reply, ‘That is the very time we most need to remember gratitude.’   Gratitude will transform a situation–and us– faster than you can imagine.

I have been in the above situations: with no money, with  aches in my body, with despair about the state of my country and world.  It is GRATITUDE that brings me back.  There is always, always something to be grateful for, if only the breath we are breathing.

One time I was asked to speak on the subject of gratitude.  I decided that instead of being philosophical and mental about it, I would demonstrate it.  So for ten minutes, I listed everything I was grateful for.  Let me, right now, demonstrate it once again.  For five minutes, I will type everything I am grateful for.

Ready go!  The sun that warms us and brings us light, the mountains, the oceans, the rivers, our wells, fresh water, rain, fresh air, plumbing, kitchens, bathrooms, an abundance of food, a warm house, a bed, a car, a phone, friends, health, a functional body, sweet dogs to keep us company, magnificent and wonderful wild creatures like deer and bear, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, fox, raccoons; birds–songbirds, eagles, hawks, hummingbirds, herons; sea and river animals–whales and dolphins, salmon, otters, seals, tuna, little fish, plankton, healthy sea vegetables; gardens, friends who cook, restaurants and cafes, cats, cows, pigs, horses, chickens; clothes to wear, freedom, an education, the ability to read and think, teachers, books, music, laughter, hugs, winks, hands, massages, love, family, beloved ancestors.

That’s five minutes.  There’s so much I didn’t get to: trees, dreams, talents, children, babies, grandparents, kind people, computers, movies, flowers, honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, bats, waterfalls, morning dew, sandy beaches, forests, meadows, ice cubes, cozy fires in the winter, the seasons, snow, art, peaceful people, people who work to make the world a better place, angelic beings, opportunities to travel, work, opportunities to play, and on and on and on.

We really do have so very much.  We can focus on what we do have or what we don’t have.  We can focus on what is not working or we can focus on our blessings.

It’s so much nicer to focus on the good.

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