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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Maya Angelou: Life Lessons From her Most Famous Quotes

Maya Angelou: Life Lessons From her Most Famous Quotes

Maya Angelou

We can learn some great life lessons from the famous quotes of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed away this week on May 28th at age 86. She was an award winning memoirist and poet. Her accomplishments and accolades were extensive. Articles about her life, her leadership and accomplishments abound.

I first heard Angelou’s name in connection with her book, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.” While I never read the book (just ordered a copy today- finally) Angelou’s book title always struck a chord with me.

As a young adult still living under my parents’ roof I deeply related to the title; identifying to being trapped and powerless to change my environment yet choosing to sing anyway.

Whenever I had the opportunity to watch an interview with her I was always blown away by her keen insight and wisdom. I loved many of her quotes but until now I never realized the magnitude of her body of work.

Life’s Lessons:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Nothing will work unless you do.

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise

I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

We need much less than we think we need.

Keep learning:

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Have an attitude of gratitude:

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.

Be adventurous:

Success is loving life and daring to live it.

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream.

How to love:

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

Transformation isn’t easy

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

Successful living:

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.

To those who are given much, much is expected.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.

Self esteem:

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

Be Positive:

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. 

While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

Forgive:

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

Have faith:

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.

We wish Maya Angelou farewell as she “ventures into the unknown and even the unknowable.”

How has Maya Angelou’s work inspired you? Is there a wonderful quote or passage from her work that I left out that you would like to share?

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Thanksgiving & the Secret Power of Gratitude – From the PBI Mailbox

Thanksgiving & the Secret Power of Gratitude – From the PBI Mailbox

Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s article comes to you from the Powered by Intuition mailbox.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. –Melody Beattie, Author.

I receive a lot of email from subscribers asking for guidance with their problems.

Many people think that because you publish articles you must have all the answers. But, I’m here to tell you the truth: I don’t always have all the answers. I’m doing the best I can in life just like you are and learning as I go.

When I do have an answer or get an intuitive sense of what might be of help I share that with readers.

What I do know for sure is that, I learn a lot from answering your questions. Many times your questions make me think about things I would have otherwise never thought of so, for that I wish to say “thank you” for helping me grow as a human being.

Today I’m going to share the answers to two questions that are very timely due to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Question 1.

Why can’t I move forward in my life? No matter what I do I can’t accomplish what I want and nothing ever gets any better. I’m afraid my life is never going to meet my expectations. I’m in a pointless dead-end job and a relationship that’s not going anywhere. Please help my life stinks!

I’m sorry to hear that your life stinks but I have a feeling that it may not be as bad as you think. I don’t want to minimize what you are feeling and since I haven’t “walked a mile in your moccasins” this is just my take on it.

First, congratulations! You have a job and you have a relationship – that is already more than most. I’m also assuming since you didn’t mention it that you have a roof over your head too and food to eat?

One of the biggest reasons people find their lives stuck in idle is because they are impatient and want to transform their lives really quickly. The truth is though that until you become grateful for what you have right now and acknowledge your achievements to date you will not move forward.

Gratitude is the secret ingredient that most people forget to add when trying to create the life of their dreams. To get unstuck it takes a tremendous amount of power to go from standing still to blasting off! And that power is GRATITUDE.

You need to tell yourself a couple of times a day,  no ten times,  no make that one hundred times per day: I am grateful for my wonderful life! (the more the better).

I am grateful for my magnificent, miraculous body!

I am grateful for my fabulous health!

I am grateful for my high energy level!

I am grateful for my loving family and wonderful supportive friends!

I am grateful for my stable home life and the roof over my head!

I am so grateful for my job and the lifestyle it affords me!

I am very grateful for being able to pay my bills!

And whatever else you can think of to be grateful for.

You see, once you start focusing on all that you have right now you begin building up an enormous reserve of power within you. This is the secret power of gratitude that you can use later on to help you blast off into creating the future you desire.

Until you learn to see and be thankful for what you have now you will remain stuck. The Universe is telling you that you’re not yet ready to move into the life of your dreams because you haven’t acknowledged the life you currently have.

Give thanks for what you currently have and all you have achieved to date. Pat yourself on the shoulder and tell yourself how brilliant you are for what you have created thus far. Then throw that impatience of yours out the window and focus on today.

As you give thanks what will happen is that the power of gratitude within you will grow so big and so powerful that it will explode and propel you right into the future you have been dreaming of creating for yourself!

Contrary to what you might think we never grow a little bit every day but in huge leaps and bounds all at once. Gratitude  is the energy that will eventually create a huge mental and emotional shift that expands your consciousness and moves you to the next stage of growth in your life.

So get busy getting grateful and then get ready for blast-off  ’cause it’s coming!

Question 2:

My chronic aches and pains are keeping me from being at the top of my game. I know I could achieve a lot more if I didn’t have my chronic conditions holding me back. I do affirmations about my health all the time and also go for spiritual treatments such as Reiki but nothing makes me feel better or gets rid of them completely. I don’t want to complain but I’m ready to give up. Why can’t I get rid of my ailments?

I’m so sorry to hear that you aren’t well. I don’t know what I would do if I was in constant pain. I think you ought to give yourself a lot more credit for what you’re able to achieve despite being unwell.

I’m not a doctor – and I can’t give any advice as to your condition but I will share my intuitive opinion with you.

I’m going to refer back to what I said in question one. I think focusing on what is going right in your life will help. Give thanks for what you have and count your blessings.

I don’t think saying an affirmation such as, “I am  healthy” when you’re not feeling well is going to accomplish much. It is telling yourself a lie. You know you don’t believe this affirmation so it doesn’t work.

Furthermore, if you have been to countless doctors and cannot get relief from the chronic ailments then maybe it’s time to shift your focus to what you can control instead?

Perhaps that is the entire point or lesson for you in all this? Maybe you would benefit from not wasting your energy on something that isn’t going to change? I’m not saying don’t try to get well or find a doctor who can help you but try to place more emphasis on what’s right with your life instead. I wonder if you began doing gratitude work if the severity of the ailments might diminish or go away entirely? I don’t know for sure but I don’t think it can hurt to try.

Also, sometimes we (including me) tend to think that because we are spiritual people, use affirmations, go to spiritual healers, do spiritual work on ourselves, etc., that our lives should be free of all problems but, I don’t think that is realistic. The only time we will no longer face problems and challenges is when we have died. My advice here is to not beat yourself up. You’re not doing anything wrong – you are just doing the best you can and that is all anyone of us can do.

I also think it might help to stop claiming ownership of the pain too. Don’t refer to these conditions or pains as, “my chronic ailments or pains.” Stop “owning” them. Every time you catch yourself doing this – give yourself a good sharp pinch and say, “No – stop it!” Get yourself out of the habit of making the ailments a part of you.

Offer assistance to someone who needs it and put your attention on others instead of yourself as much as all possible. There are numerous studies that show that when we help others in need we actually feel better too.  I read somewhere that author, Neale Donald Walsch says that our lives are not about us but about how we affect others. Reading that impacted my view of life deeply. Perhaps it will help you to put your life into perspective too?

You are not your ailment nor your pain. I hope you find relief. In any case – do give thanks for all that is right in your life. I bet there is more than you think.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Are you giving thanks for what is right in your life? What do you have to be grateful for? Leave comment and let us all celebrate together.

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Thanksgiving: 15 Quotes to Make Gratitude a Habit Everyday (Plus a Video)

Thanksgiving: 15 Quotes to Make Gratitude a Habit Everyday (Plus a Video)

“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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