Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Power of Gratitude

I have decided that this year will be my "Year of Living Abundantly". I am starting out with a clarity I have never had before about what I want to have in my life (as opposed to what I want to accomplish)and I am trying my best to think positively and not dwell on what my life is lacking. One of the best ways that I have discovered to do this is by focusing on what I am grateful for in my life. I have started to end each day by reciting, in my head, a list of all the things I am grateful for, and they are many:

* having a safe, warm place to live
* having friends and family who love and care about me
* having the opportunity to do what I love and the time to be able to focus on it
* my health
* opportunities to learn and grow
* books so that I can gain new perspectives, learn new things, and get away from it all
* having a cat who is a great companion

You get my drift. What this small thing, which doesn't take long, does for me is it makes me realize how lucky I am. There are lots of people out there who are living on the streets, who have to rely on food banks to feed their families, and who are alone and lonely in this world. I may not have all that I want but I am so fortunate to have what I do have. I'm really not lacking anything that is important (OK, it would be nice to have a man in my life but that is a subject for a whole other blog!). My life is rich and knowing that helps me to keep a positive outlook. It focuses my thoughts on the abundance that I have in my life, and that is the message I'm sending out to the Universe. I'm not focusing on lack. I really am truly blessed.

This is the first step for me. I know that saying this list in my head is good, but saying it out loud is better and writing it down, committing my thoughts and gratitude to paper, is best and holds the most power. I am going to make picking up my journal every morning and writing my gratitude list a part of my daily routine. They say it takes 21 days to form new habits...well, tomorrow will be day one.

What are you grateful for? Why not make writing a gratitude list part of your daily routine. A professional coach can teach you the tools you need to live a more abundant life, and then provide you with the encouragement you need to put them into practice. Everyone had the ability to live a life of abundance...and it all starts with gratitude.