Once upon a time there was a blind boy who was sitting on some steps of a building in the town he lived in. The boy had a bowl resting at his feet with only a few coins in it, and a sign that said, “I am blind, please help.” A few moments later a man walked by dropped a few coins in the hat, and then took the boy’s sign.
The man turned the sign over, wrote on it, and then gave it back to the blind boy.
For the rest of the day more and more people began to stop and put coins in the hat. It soon began to overfill, but people kept stopping by the blind boy and putting coins in his hat.
Why were more people stopping and giving money? What had the first man written on the sign?
The man had changed the sign to read, “Today is beautiful but I cannot see.”
The moral of the story is this, both signs told people the boy was blind. The second sign was more effective because it told people they could see. It reminded them how lucky they were to have the ability to see.
Gratitude is a noun. It’s a feeling of appreciation for all we have and are able to do. Thankfulness is an adjective. It’s the act of expressing our gratitude. Saying “thanks” is a way of showing our gratitude. (There’s your grammar lesson for the day, you’re welcome).
An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference in the world. It enhances our spirituality and all relationships in our life. When we learn to appreciate all we have and the wonderful people in our lives, our lives begin to improve.
People who express gratitude feel abundance in their lives.
And here is the key: Once you begin to feel and express gratitude more, you begin to attract more things to be grateful for in your life. This in essence is the Law of Attraction.
We are mirrors, and our lives mirror our emotional state. Once we learn to appreciate how gratitude impacts our emotional state we will see positive changes in our lives. We cannot attract what we don’t feel.
We can attract what we want by doing the following:
-Write thank you letters or participate in the #livelovechallenge created by Big Dave Canoy. Here’s my video–you’re reading and watching this, so now you’ve been challenged.
-Open the door for someone and say good morning.
-Buy someone a cup of coffee.
-Have a gratitude journal where you write down the people, things, and experiences you are grateful for.
-Acknowledge the little things which make you happy and heatlthy on a daily basis.
-Remove the people in your life who don’t make you happy or better. (Yes, you can do this and there’s nothing wrong with it. More on this in a future post).
-Quit doing the things (and your job) if it’s not making you happy.
When you do these things your mood and emotional state begin to change tremendously, and for the better. Once this changes new, exciting, and better opportunities are brought into your life. Soon you will be achieving more than you ever have before.
But remember this, it won’t just happen. You have to be in the right mindset and emotional state to “receive” the great things, and it all starts with gratitude.
So, what are you grateful for?
I’m grateful you are taking the time out of your day to read my thoughts. How crazy and awesome is that?!
I’d love for you to take on the #livelovechallenge, please tag me in your videos on social so I can see what you’re grateful for and who you love.
As always, thanks for reading, have a great day, and be an RGP today!
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