by Rev. Rita Scheibeck
I can't count the times that I've thought to make a gratitude list, when all I really feel like doing is complaining about the circumstances in my life. When I feel bogged down by what appear to be external sources, the last thing I want to do is to pretend that everything is alright and to feel grateful.
Especially when I'm despairing and feeling lost, it's then that I must strengthen my resolve to find a quiet moment of solitude to look around and to become aware that there are many opportunities for appreciation. During the busy Thanksgiving weekend, I might have to take a quick trip to the bathroom, the back porch, or the garage just to find a space and a few precious moments to connect with Infinite Wisdom and my highest spiritual self. As I search my feelings for gratitude, I may find that I have overlooked the everyday situations in my life that I take for granted. I might also have been too busy to give much thought to the larger blessings right in front of me this holiday season.
Many of us have extra casual time to spend with loving family and friends, special meals to prepare together with others (the clean up, not so much!) the beginnings of decorating for the December festivities, or the tinkling of inspirations for holiday gift giving lists. But whether we have a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving or a much simpler, more private celebration, we can always find something to be grateful for.
When I acknowledge my blessings, unexpected happiness bubbles up from inside me, creating the invitation to release my own troubles and the troubles of the world. It's then that I find a window of peace that allows me to be truly thankful.
Affirmation: I now actively seek out all opportunities to feel and express gratitude, even for the smallest of blessings.
I now allow, acknowledge, accept and affirm that this is so.
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