Being in Gratitude has changed my life. I know it has been said a million times and I guess there is good reason for that. As I wake up everyday, I automatically start thanking the Universe for my life, for my day, for yesterday, for my home, my relationships, my pets, and even my boss and my job.

Gratitude has helped me to change my perception of life completely. It has given me a more positive outlook about where I am and where I am going. I wish I had used this tool thirty years ago. In my twenties I walked around with a very large chip on my shoulder that affected the people I love and the people I worked with. It amazes me that my garbage thoughts and feelings could affect so many people around me. By expressing thoughts and feelings, I was giving them the horrible dark energy that I was carrying around with me all the time. I was affecting their day and possibly their life. I had no right to do that, and for that I am truly sorry. I knew there had to be a better way. I knew we were not meant to live a life of such misery and darkness.

I used to say prayers when I was a little girl. I can remember reciting the usual, Thank God for Mommy, and my sisters, and my brothers, and my friends, and my school….and so on. I wish I could have remembered in my later years that the next day after my prayers of gratitude was full of fun, laughter, joy, friends, family, and really great feelings. How did I lose that gift? Now it seems so simple. Just be grateful for what you do have in your life and watch the magic.

Yes, Magic. It seems that the more I stay in Gratitude, the more things just seem to happen easily and effortlessly and that has given me the life of my dreams. I haven’t quite learned how to win the lottery yet, but I am working on it. I have learned through my Gratitude practices, that I am definitely more abundant than I could have ever dreamed possible. It happened so quickly, so slightly, each and every day. As I look around and give the slightest thought as to where I am and how my life has changed, I am filled with more to be grateful for.

Try this exercise: Think about where you were at ten years ago. Where you were living, what you were doing, how much money you made, who your friends were, and what your dreams were. Now, think about where you are today, and in all the above scenarios. Anything changed? Anything to be grateful for? List those things. Write them down. Focus on them. See how it feels in your mind, in your heart and in your body. Can’t find anything? Take three deep breaths, feel the air in your lungs and your chest expanding. You now have something to be grateful for. Those three breaths. This is just the beginning.

Could it be this simple? Just thinking about the breath? This is how it started for me. Just Thankful that I was alive, and I was breathing, and that I had a day to find something else to be grateful for. Something like a flower blooming, like the sun shinning, like my kids laughing.Something as simple as the clothes on my back and the one can of beans or noodles that I had left. Grateful for a phone call, or the phone not ringing when bill collectors were breathing down my neck. Grateful for a smile from the lady passing me on the street, for the quiet of the night, and maybe just the ticking of the clock. It really is easy to find something to be grateful for and to focus on those things. It will open the door for more things to literally come to you to be grateful for. I know this. I lived this. I teach about this.

Just taking in the beauty of a flower can fill you with Gratitude.

I am so very Grateful to have this platform to speak to more people than I can imagine about being Grateful. I am truly blessed to have created this in my life and in yours. Thank you so much for reading and for being a part of my reasons to have even more to be grateful for. I hope the simple act of being grateful changes your life as it has changed mine.

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