Gratitude in Light of the Paris Attacks

Gratitude in Light of the Paris Attacks

It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. –Anne Frank

How can we find anything to be grateful for this Thanksgiving?

There’s always something to be grateful for. Even in light of the horrific terror attack in Paris and then Mali earlier this month there are things to be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day. At the very least, we can be grateful that the loss of innocent lives wasn’t more (while even one is too many).

Yes, the world is a scary place right now. This make it easy to lose sight of the goodness that surrounds us even during times like these. What I’m grateful for is seeing how many good people there are in the world.

Unfortunately, we don’t often see as much reporting on the “goodness” of people until a savage act is committed such as what the US experienced on 9/11 or what took place in Paris earlier this month. During times of crisis stories of heroic acts, people’s generosity and kindness abound but after the crisis these stories dwindle. The truth is though that the “goodness” of people is still there even when it’s not in the news.

I’m grateful for…

The goodness of people and all the good Samaritans in the world.

Random acts of kindness.

That most people’s hearts are NOT filled with hatred.

That there are many more good people in the world than bad.

How can we avoid becoming jaded and cynical during times like this?

I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
–Anne Frank

We need to focus on the all collective good in the world embodied by so many people, and we need to be grateful for it. It’s too easy to get sucked into seeing only the dark side of life. After a traumatic event like this all our fears come to the surface. If we’re not careful soon our lives become ruled by fear and then we do become cynical and jaded.

I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again. 
–Anne Frank

What you focus on expands and that goes for seeing the goodness in the world too.

You’ve got to be grateful for even the tiniest glimmer of goodness you see. A tiny glimmer is all it takes refocus your attention and restore your hope for the future. Keep looking for the good and you’ll see it and the more you look for it the more you’ll see of it.

See the good, do good and be goodness.

It may sound simplistic but I don’t see any alternative. We have a choice. Do we see only terror and fearful things in the world or do we choose to know that this is not the truth about the world? Do we choose to focus on drawing the good in the world to the forefront of our perception or to draw the negativity around us out of the foreground? Both exist simultaneously but we get to decide which will be the lens through we see our world.

Choose to be grateful for…

All the goodness that is at the core of most people. Never stop seeing the goodness no matter what’s going on. It’s always there just as surely as the sun is always shining even when its brilliant rays are obscured by clouds.

Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it. –Stephen Richards 

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Law of Attraction: Would You Rather be Grateful, Appreciative or Thankful?

Law of Attraction: Would You Rather be Grateful, Appreciative or Thankful?

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Law of Attraction: Would you rather be grateful, appreciative, or thankful?

When  it comes to the Law of Attraction, does it matter if you are grateful, appreciative or thankful when you’re working on manifesting a desired outcome?

Most everyone knows that you ought to focus on what you want rather than on what you don’t because what you focus on expands.

If what you focus on does expand (and I think it does) how is that affected by whether you’re “grateful, appreciative or thankful” for what you’re focusing on?

There is a distinction between them.

I’m the first one to endorse having an “attitude or gratitude” but gratitude sometimes make me feel “obligated.” When I feel obligated it can lead to feeling responsible and feelings of guilt. It may just be me but lately I’ve started thinking that while “gratitude” is the right attitude, it may not be the right word.

There was a comment on the Powered by Intuition Fan page recently in response to something I posted. The reply to the post was that they’d rather think in terms of being “appreciative.” This is what started me thinking about this issue in the first place.

Appreciation feels different than Gratitude

I immediately felt a difference when I thought of being “appreciative” versus “grateful.” Gratitude has more of an underlying sense of desperation to it. For example you can be grateful that you averted bankruptcy or that you narrowly avoided foreclosure. I probably wouldn’t say, “I was appreciative” in either of those situations. It doesn’t feel like a fit for the severity of either foreclosure or bankruptcy.

Gratitude implies you “owe” something in exchange. There’s a saying about “owing someone a debt of gratitude” which may be where the connotation came from. In any case, the more I think about it the more I feel that appreciation is a better word to “expand what we focus on.”

I appreciate my good health. I appreciate my loving family. I appreciate my supportive friends. I appreciate my wonderful PbI community and tribe. I appreciate my great job. This feels and sounds better to me than using the word “gratitude.”

Appreciation versus Thankfulness

Once I realized that “gratitude” had this connotation about “owing a debt” I wanted to make sure I found the right word so I began thinking about being “thankful.”

The more I thought about it the more I felt Thankful was very similar to Gratitude. It has the same undertone of desperation and obligation. “I’m so thankful they made an exception and accepted my application even though it was late.” You see what I mean?

From now I’m going to be Appreciative

I like Appreciation best. I just feels right. I’m going for an attitude of appreciating all the good in my life.

My new mantra is now: I appreciate all there is in my wonderful life!

Try it yourself and see if it feels “lighter” to you too.

What do you think? Is there a distinction between being grateful, appreciative and thankful?

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“Thanksgiving creates abundance.” –Ann Voskamp

Gratitude from searchingtheinnerme.blogspot.com

Thanksgiving Day comes just once a year but, that doesn’t mean that we should withhold our thanks and gratitude for the rest of the year. Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks every day and the abundance focus on will expand.

I’m most grateful to all the Powered by Intuition readers and fans who make writing PbI such a joy – love you guys!

And, all my fabulous online friends who inspire me everyday – love you too.

I’m also grateful to PbI reader, Susan Reese, who forwarded this outstanding gratitude video. Thank you Susan.

Watch this video and feel the gratitude in your heart soar:

15 Gratitude Quotes to Inspire you to instill a daily habit of giving thanks:

 “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” –Epicurus

“Gratitude is medicine for a heart devastated by tragedy.  If you can only be thankful for the blue sky, then do so. ” –Richelle E. Goodrich

“Ingratitude produces pride while gratitude produces humility.” –Orrin Woodward

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” –Maya Angelou

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” –Eckhart Tolle

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” —Meister Eckhardt

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” –Marcel Proust

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” –Anthony Robbins

“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” –Sanaya Roman

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” –Yogi Bhajan

“He who does not reflect his life back to God in gratitude does not know himself.” –Albert Schweitzer

“Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” –Ann Voskamp (Eucharisteo – Greek word for Thank you)

“Don’t count your blessings, let your blessings count! EnjoyLife!” –Bernard Kelvin Clive

“One minute of sincere gratitude can wash away a lifetime’s disappointments.” –Silvia Hartmann

“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever doesn’t have, even what he has will be taken from him” –Gospel of Matthew

Give thanks and make today and every day Thanksgiving Day.

May you have an abundance of health, joy, love, friendships, happiness and more!

Happy Thanksgiving.

xoxo                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Angela

What are your thankful for today? Count your blessings and share them with us.

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Abundant Blessings Before You – Victor Schueller

5 Ways to Practice Thanksgiving Every Day – Zen Mama

15 Gracious Ways to Make the World a Better Place – Shake Off the Grind

May You Wake With Gratitude – Treatment Talk

Gratitude is an Expression of All That is Good – The Bold Life

 

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