Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An attitude of gratitude

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" William A. Ward
That's 1,440 minutes in a day. Are you willing to give up one moment for a breath of gratitude?

Yesterday, my eldest daughter and I were talking about a man she met in Australia who amazed her with his positive attitude. "He was always upbeat," she told me. "Always grateful."

"He lives with an attitude of gratitude," I said.

"Oh my goodness. That's it!" she exclaimed. "I forgot about having an attitude of gratitude."

Alexis and her sister work in a well-known retail store. They're continually regaling me with stories of customers antics and the questions they sometimes ask.

"You could really get to dislike people working in a store," they laughingly assert. They claim people are not as rude and inconsiderate as restaurant goers, some however do still insist on treating retail sales staff with disdain.

Perhaps their customers need to give their attitudes a dose of gratitude.

In today's world of crumbling markets and growing despair, having stores laden with goods to buy, having selection, having sales staff capable and able to help you, having sizes that fit in a multitude of colours and fabrics, changing rooms with doors that close and mirrors that shine; these are all things to be grateful for.

Gratitude is an attitude.

Today, I am grateful for my job. For having work I love, people I enjoy to work with and people I am humbled to serve. I am grateful for my pay cheque. I am grateful for my abilities that make it possible for me to earn a living. I am grateful I can make a difference.

Gratitude expands my heart and keeps me open to receive abundance.

I like what Anthony Robbins writes, "“When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears.”

In my life, I create what I focus on. When I focus on gratitude, abundance appears. When I focus on fearfulness, abundance shrinks as I fall into the trap of believing there is not enough of whatever I want in the universe.

There is always what I want in the universe. I just have to step forward, reach for it, and achieve my dreams. It's up to me to BE committed to DO what it takes to HAVE what I want. I want to be filled with gratitude. I want to be filled with abundance. BE. DO. HAVE.

It's my choice. My actions create the difference between scarcity and abundance.

For today, I choose to move through each moment, all 1,440 of them, with my heart filled with gratitude, my sights set on abundance and my thoughts filled with love. In my actions, I choose to take steps that fill me up with all that I need, all that I want, all I deserve. I choose to be grateful for the abundance of my world and soar free of limiting beliefs.

I am grateful for this day. For this world of abundance. This life of creativity. This moment of joy.

The question is: What about you? Are you filling your 1,440 moments with thoughts of all you can do, all you can achieve when you live your BE. DO. HAVE.? Are you stepping away from fear, filling your heart with gratitude and claiming all you want out of life?

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