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Gratitude: Changing Our Thinking

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude: Changing Our Thinking ... Bees appreciate the flowers that give them nectar...

Today, on my way to a meeting, I stopped at the security desk to show my ID. There was a short line and I noticed that each person just handed their ID to the security guard on duty, and without a word of hello or thank you on either side, sauntered off into the sunset… focused on a meeting or two. “I know it’s 9:00am but why can’t we even acknowledge each other?” I wondered. When it was my turn, I offered a cheerful good morning and, smiling broadly, handed him my ID card. Without even a glance, the guard took my card and saying not a word, copied the necessary information and then, unceremoniously handed me back my card.  My call to have a pleasant day was also ignored…

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt: At any given point in time, you’re only one thought away from changing your thinking. What thought can you change today?

As I walked off to my meeting, I started to think about what struggles and frustrations had taken the joy out of his job/day.  I wasn’t angry at him just sad that in a tough economy where many can’t find work, he chose to not see the blessing in having a job. If he didn’t like the job, a cheerful attitude or a new way of thinking about the job could bring wonderful opportunities his way. Like Brian Tracy once said, “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” Unless we change how we think about our current situation, by seeing the blessings in it, we won’t notice the new doors that are opening for us. As the prompt above suggests, we can change our thinking …  it takes a little effort.

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

Gratitude: Changing Our Thinking ... Gratitude = Happiness. what more do we need?

Gratitude by Lucy Maud Montgomery (via famouspoetsandpoems.com)
I thank thee, friend, for the beautiful thought
That in words well chosen thou gavest to me,
Deep in the life of my soul it has wrought
With its own rare essence to ever imbue me,
To gleam like a star over devious ways,
To bloom like a flower on the dreariest days­
Better such gift from thee to me
Than gold of the hills or pearls of the sea.

For the luster of jewels and gold may depart,
And they have in them no life of the giver,
But this gracious gift from thy heart to my heart
Shall witness to me of thy love forever;
Yea, it shall always abide with me
As a part of my immortality;
For a beautiful thought is a thing divine,
So I thank thee, oh, friend, for this gift of thine.

At my meeting, I decided to truly listen to everyone present and acknowledge their point of view. If you attend meetings a lot, you know that there is always a contrarian present, and the usual suspects who want to either push their own agenda alone or digress. Today, instead of irritation, I chose the path of appreciation. Each person had a need and deserved to be heard; we were all there for a common goal. Above and below, I have added a few poems and a story on having an attitude of gratitude and I hope they speak to you the way they did for me. What thought can you change today?

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Musings: On Yearnings…

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Musings: On Yearnings… Yearning Law... longing for simpler times and things...

What do you yearn for? What flits through your mind when you have a moment to pause? What wistful thoughts rise from your heart after a long day meeting life’s challenges? We all have yearnings and while we might not spend much time lingering over them, we do visit that place to reflect and to reconnect with our dreams… What message is yearning inside of me? I know that when I think of things I desire they include clarity in all things, peace, joy, world peace and love… But I looked at the prompt again and I have other simple yearnings that I’d love to share.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt:“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. What message is yearning inside you? What is something you know deep in your soul? Don’t look for someone else to describe it. You do it. Write it down. Write it as a poem, a sentence or even just a string of words. Just make sure you get it to paper.

Musings: On Yearnings… Yearning for sun-kissed days with colorful blooms (via Jurvetson on Flickr. Credit below)

What I know deep in my heart is that we live in an abundant world with enough to feed and clothe everyone. Yet, we also live in a world where greed makes it difficult for all to enjoy the fruits of our Mother Earth. When I look around me and I see the inequities, the violence, the wickedness that arises from fear and covetousness, I yearn for a world that shares its wealth equitably and where the doors to success are not exclusive to the few. I yearn for a simpler world where good always prevails over evil. I yearn for a world where people truly help each other from the goodness of their hearts not for public recognition or ulterior motivation.

Musings: On Yearnings… yearning for pleasurable places in nature

What simple things do I yearn for? I yearn for a time when life was simple and burdens light. I yearn for the touch of a gentle breeze from the ocean. I yearn for go-cart days and skipping rope. I yearn for days when hurtful words and spiteful acts are replaced by consideration and compassion. I yearn for the days when friendships are based on mutual respect and care not adulation and manipulation.

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Reflections: Beauty in Ten Ordinary Things…

“Every artist was first an amateur.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reflections: Beauty in Ten Ordinary Things... Beauty in Sleeping... Eros Sleeping

Reflections: Beauty in Ten Ordinary Things... A Warm Smile

After a four day absence to attend a yoga/meditation retreat with Amma (the hugging saint) in Boston, I came back to over a thousand emails and a lot of catching up to do; reading and commenting back on blog buddy and new posts, getting back to household chores and appointments, following up on my kids schedules, and refocusing on the present. Some of the lessons of the retreat fit today’s prompt and included a reminder to appreciate the simple things in life; to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be immensely grateful for the good we enjoy, to share our gifts generously with others, and to offer our service and goodwill to all; especially those who have none. 
The first thing that came to mind when I saw the #Trust30 prompt was the beauty in sleep; good, sound, rejuvenating sleep. I have been on a sleep challenged roller coaster for over a year and it is a blessing when one can get to sleep well… Sleep is something seemingly ordinary that we forget to think about the beauty of it.

#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt: To be an artist one has to find beauty in ordinary things. Find 10 things of great beauty in the landscape that surrounds you. For example, crumple sheets on your bed in the morning, the smell of coffee making its way around a busy office.

✿♡✿ The Beauty in Sleep
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a Cup of Tea/Coffee
✿♡✿ The Beauty in Clean water
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a Smile
✿♡✿ The Beauty in a loaf of bread

Reflections: Beauty in Ten Ordinary Things... Clean water

Reflections: Beauty in Ten Ordinary Things... A loaf of bread ... (Credit below Jronaldlee)

When we think about the simple things we enjoy everyday, the things that happen routinely and add ease to our lives, like clean water for tea and bread, we cannot help but show our gratitude by saying a simple prayer of thanks or sharing a random act of kindness with others. Above and below are my ten beauty ordinary things list. We can find beauty in the magnificent and the mundane; no one thing holds all of beauty and once we set aside our superficial differences, we are, at heart, all the same. What are your ordinary things to celebrate? More Below. ;-)

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