Greetings Beloved SWERVER,
How grateful I am for the lovely rain! My thirsty garden with it's dead-dirt formerly-front lawn just turned to mud and the cat is dragging it in--muddy paw prints all over the wood floor, and I think, "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this beautiful miracle of water! Rain quenches our drought!"
I'm perched on my front steps and it's chilly and I've just been cancelled on for a date that I was really looking forward to. Even though I'm disappointed I'm grateful for it. There was a lot integrity in that exchange and I thank the angels of our better nature for it. I'm even thankful that I'm so vulnerable that I let my feelings get hurt--that my heart is open and that I'm going to keep on putting myself out there--heart and face forward.
Grumpy people have a gratitude problem. They could easily uplift their attitude and therefore their entire experience if they simply found a few things to be in thankful appreciation of.
You see, what we appreciate, appreciates and that which we put on the altar is altered. If we practice gratitude with the obvious, we build a fortified habit of appreciation. Then when times are tough, and we put all of our experiences on the altar to be seen and viewed and considered and contemplated, we're more skilled at using grateful appreciation as a swift way to elevate the internal, which is always reflected in the external. You see, gratitude is a magnet for Grace.
Of course, I'm grateful for all the usual stuff--good health, a loving family, overflowing prosperity, an abundance of friends to love and be loved by. I surmise that you're grateful for so much, too.
The more challenging aspect of invoking gratitude is when things don't turn out as I hope--when disappointment sets in and I think there's another better result that I'm just not being awarded. Being grateful for everything exactly as it is, is a true spiritual practice and one that you can take on right here and now.
Of course, we're thankful for you, beloved SWERVER, in easy times and in rough ones. We appreciate you even on your grumpy days and we welcome you back to our community just as you are.
When you complete a workout with us this month of Thanksgiving, remind yourself to say, "I'm grateful that I'm healthy enough to workout today."
Gillian Alexandria Clark