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In All Things Give Thanks

Posted By Cynthia James On November 18, 2010 @ 12:55 pm In Personal Growth, Relationships | 2 Comments

Woman holding white flower [1]

I have been contemplating gratitude [2] 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 [3] and, in fact, I was downright annoyed at times. I often experienced anger, frustration or the feeling of being misunderstood [4]. 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 [5] 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 [6] 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 [7] … every bit of it? Are you able to see each experience as an opportunity for growth and expansion [8]? 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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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/GiveThanksBlog.jpg

[2] gratitude: http://life.gaiam.com/article/4-ways-express-gratitude-every-day

[3] did not like all of these things: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-strong-your-change-muscle

[4] anger, frustration or the feeling of being misunderstood: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-manage-anger

[5] prayer or universal request: http://life.gaiam.com/article/how-use-visualization-heal-physically-or-emotionally

[6] new level of relationships: http://life.gaiam.com/category/personal-growth/relationships

[7] give thanks for your life: http://life.gaiam.com/article/8-reasons-be-grateful

[8] growth and expansion: http://www.gaiam.com/category/media-library/personal-development.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

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