In All Things Give Thanks

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | November 18th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships

Woman holding white flower

I have been contemplating gratitude for the past few days. What came forward for me was that everything is a gift. When I look back on my life, I can see how every event, experience and person supported me in being the person that I am today.

I must say that I did not like all of these things and, in fact, I was downright annoyed at times. I often experienced anger, frustration or the feeling of being misunderstood. However, in retrospect, I grew from every incident. I would have preferred to have had this insight during the experience so that I could have moved with more grace. But then, I think that my inability to do so was also a part of the process.

I also became clear that oftentimes the experience was an answer to a prayer or universal request that I had made. I cannot tell you how many times I asked for clarity and when it came … it wasn’t what I wanted to hear or experience. In those moments, I was forced to look at myself and look at what I truly believed.

I had a meeting with someone recently who was sharing that he had taken on a whole new way of being accountable for his life. He was starting everything with gratitude and it was making life a lot easier. It was, in fact, creating a new level of relationships that he had never had before. That conversation made my heart smile.

I am wondering how you are doing. Are you able to really give thanks for your life … every bit of it? Are you able to see each experience as an opportunity for growth and expansion? Wouldn’t it be exciting if we could all look at life this way? We could then be in a space of personal accountability and have no need to blame anyone or anything. That thought excites me. How about you?

Please affirm with me: Today, I give thanks. Thanks for my life, past and present. Thanks for all lessons learned. I am clear that my life is a blessing.


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    xixihaha567 | September 10th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  2. I’m thirty-one years old and some days I feel like I’m ten looking at the world in wide eyed wonder and awe.

    How did I turn out this way?

    I used to be overcome with extreme bouts of becoming frustrated, negative, and emotional. My childhood was spent witnessing two people who loved me fight battles of violence and drug addiction. There were so many times that I could have teetered into the dark side. It was anyone’s guess the man that I would become. Years later family members confided in me that they held out little hope for me turning out to be a good person. The odds were stacked against me.

    Why did I become someone who embraces life with so much love and appreciation?

    I don’t know a lot of the answers–but I secretly enjoy asking myself the questions. I like to wonder about the unknown. There are so many qualities about life that give me pause and make me wonder.

    Last year I started listening to myself so “Thank you for…” out loud. Every day I would do this. Sometimes on a public bus, while listening to music, or just before bed. I didn’t limit my Thank You moments either. They spread from health to the softness of my blanket to the colors I saw that day.

    Sometimes I would even say Thank You for the wisdom to say Thank You! I say wisdom because of how it made me feel.

    A year later and I feel that my life smiles in gratitude at my appreciation of it. My life is my friend and we have been through a lot together. I’m thankful for every day that we get to spend together. There’s so much to look forward to.

    Right now I’m thankful for the annoying bird out of the window who wants me to get out of bed to put cat food outside so he can steal it. I’m also thankful for my streaming consciousness and appreciation for how complex the human body is and how good breathing feels. I’m thankful for this blog post that reminded me that now is as good a time as any to say my Thank Yous.

    - Todd Waldorf
    Bang – Better Living blog

    Todd Waldorf | November 22nd, 2012 | Comment Permalink

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