Saturday, July 11, 2009

A grateful heart

Even with the economy in a mess I choose to feel abundant. The angels are right about gratitude. The more we focus on it, the richer we feel. Sitting by the creek for five hours a few weekends ago I felt wealthy beyond measure - all the money in the world couldn't have added to an experience that was absolutely free.

Because I am grateful for everything I seem to attract wonderful assistance in life. A few weeks ago I was giving thanks for the ability to assist people who were having a hard time this year. However that particular week, I had given so many discounts I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to pay my own bills. "Give me a sign God, that it is still ok ... I know you guided me." I prayed. A black car cut me off in traffic with the license plate "OK2GIV"!! Got it angels! I laughed for an hour!

I am always grateful for food and the ability to share it with friends, so it was no surprise that the "99cent only" store, just two miles from my home started carrying amazing fruits and veggies a few years ago. A few weeks ago I got 4 pineapples, 6 kiwis, brownie mix, lemon pudding, 2 lbs green beans, 10 lbs potatoes, 4 pints of cherry tomatoes, 3 yellow squash, 8 red peppers, 6 hearts of romaine lettuce, 8 baby cucumbers, 2 heads of broccoli, and a pint of delicious strawberries for $23.33. I was having a birthday dinner for a friend and fed four girls plus takeout, plus meals for me for a several days with all that food.

A grateful heart always attracts more. I thanked God for my clothes the other day and asked for a new blue shirt from Chico's since I the one I got at the outlet is getting a little tattered. Lo and behold, I found a $40 shirt at the thrift store for $5 - brand new, in my size!

These are simple silly little manifestations. Where the gratitude really counts is when you don't know how you're going to pay a bill, or you've just been hit by some surprise and you need to remember that the rest of your life is good and focus on that. Gratitude has saved me when I need to fix a situation in life and don't know how, or when I want to achieve something that isn't going fast enough. I can always stop and say thank you for what IS working. If you play with being grateful for the small stuff, it is much easier to muster up gratitude and raise your vibration when more difficult situations arise.

Many of us don't know how lucky we really are. A large percentage of people in the world are without decent shelter, food, water, clothing, and health care. In rural and impoverished areas in the world simple cuts get so infected that people lose limbs. A tube of Neosporin, or a $1 vaccine, could change a life. When I went to Peru in 1997 and saw the joyful but impoverished people there, I vowed to never take my life for granted. Every time I turn on a hot shower I give thanks for the heat and the water. Its fine to want more in life but we can't forget to be grateful for all we have been given.

So this week, want what you want, honestly and ask for it, but also choose to be grateful, truly and deeply. You'll see how the universe responds with little surprises. Best of all you'll have a full heart, a happy outlook, and a recognition of truth.