Practice Deliberate Gratitude

March 27, 2018

Practice Deliberate Gratitude

“But you don’t know my circumstances. That won’t work for me. I don’t have it as good as other people. You should see my life. It’s a mess.”

Religious leaders, psychiatrists, physicists, new and ancient philosophies agree. We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. When we’re restless, irritable, and discontented, everything looks bad. That’s because we’re practicing negativity. It’s a powerful form of magic, only the magic it works is dark.

Practice deliberate gratitude. Force it and fake it if you must. When you look again, after practicing gratitude, you will see that we—and our circumstances—have shifted into a different place.

Application: Got a situation that’s bugging us? Don’t know how to resolve or even accept the problems in our lives? Whenever we look around and don’t like what we see, it’s time to say, “Thank you for everything exactly as it is.” When we look around and feel blessed, it’s time to say thanks too. Let the white magic begin.

From the desk of Melody Beattie
Originally posted December 25, 2014

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