Welcome to Day 44 of 365 Moments of Clarity Project
“When we are appreciating something or someone, our ego moves out of the way because we can’t have our attention on ego and gratitude at the same time.” — Deepak Chopra
In 2010 as my world was falling apart, I began the practice of gratitude everyday. I cannot express in words how much my world changed for the better. I literally began to see things clearer. Clarity came to me daily. Gratitude is the simplest step to implement. It takes less than 5 seconds to say the words “Thank you.” I now emphasize these words all the time to the people I love, strangers, co-workers, customers service reps, etc… You name it, I let everyone know how thankful I am of them.
It is a gift to see this world and your life as a miracle. I believe it is an essential gift. Some may call it a secret weapon to ultimate happiness. But it is not a secret at all. It is one of the most important habits to adopt in your everyday life. Gratitude brings a calmness to you. A peace washes over you as you realize all the moments in life that you are blessed to experience.
As you see each moment, each experience, each person, place and thing, as a gift of appreciation from the highest source of life, the universe or the energies or god or allah or the creative source, whatever you want to call the all knowing, you will begin to open yourself up to seeing miracles everyday, which is the ultimate thank you from source.
Day 11 of Miraculous Relationships
“Today make a list of five people who have had a profound impact on your life. Choose one person and write a thank-you letter expressing gratitude for all the gifts you’ve received from him or her. If possible, deliver your gratitude letter in person-or mail it. Often the people in our lives have no idea how much help, comfort, and inspiration they have given us, and this is a wonderful opportunity to share the love in our hearts.”
My Journal Entries for Day 11
What are you most grateful for in your life? Write a free flowing list that includes the full spectrum, from life changing blessings to the seemingly small things. In each moment of gratitude your heart opens to life and love.
I am most grateful for my furchildren and the unconditional love I receive from them. I am grateful for my family, friends and all the people who support me on my mission and vision. I am grateful for the food on my table, the clothes on my back and the roof over my head. I am grateful for my car, Irie, who gets me where I need to go at all times. I am grateful for my loving and supportive sister who always listens to me and loves me for who I am. I am grateful for my best friend, Lela, and how she brings me joy with her laughter and jokes. I am grateful for the apple of my eye, Kasey, and how he reminds me to see the world through kid eyes. I am grateful for my career and each learning lesson along the way. I am grateful for the amazing birds singing outside my window at this moment. I am grateful for the sunny days, rainy days with hot tea, and the nights that are so peaceful and quiet. I am grateful for music and how it makes me feel. I am grateful for concerts and dancing the night away. I am grateful for human inventions and how I can travel on a flying machine to far away places. I am grateful for the love I feel. I am grateful for the life I have. I am grateful for everything.
Thank you so much for allowing me to come to earth during this amazing time. Thank you for everything. 🙂
Identify a difficult relationship or situation from the past. Take a moment to connect with the associated feelings and memories. What gifts did you receive from that relationship or experience? As you prepare for this writing exercise gently open your mind and heart; the ability to see blessings within adversity will change your life.
I have been practicing this exercise for years now. I am blessed to have gotten good at it. Yet, I almost judged myself two days ago for taking almost 24 hours to see a gift in a minor car accident. I kept saying I am better than that. I should not have reacted. Yet, that judgement blocked me from the true gifts of that experience.
The gift that came from the car accident is the gift of awareness. The gift of kindness from strangers. The gift to let go of maintaining a perfect car. The gift that all things can be fixed. The gentle reminder to practice forgiveness in a moment’s notice. I am blessed to know that I still want to grow deeper and more aligned with my truest values, instead of acting on false assumptions.
Everything is a gift. A wonderful gift of learning and growing and practicing what you teach. May I always see the gifts in all experiences. May I rise above my ego to a place of pure love.
Take some time to identify and write about new ways that you can express your appreciation to your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider sharing your gratitude with one person each day, maybe in an email, a text message, or even a phone call. As you seize the moment and share your truth with those closest to you, hearts will open and blessings will flow.
About four or five years ago, I decided to infuse into all my conversations a “I Love You” goodbye. Before I hang up from my friends or family, I always tell them I love them. Even if our conversation may have been less then ideal. If that is my last conversation, I want them to know that deep down inside, away from ego, there is a pure love so deep that the words “I love you” only touch the surface of the true meaning behind them.
I have also adopted a new way of speaking with customer service representatives. I let them know that even if their company has implemented less then ideal practices, that they themselves are doing a great job at answering my questions and making me feel safe to express my concerns. I want them to know that it is not them I blame but how the company trains them.
The more I infuse love into these types of conversations, the more my conversations became meaningful. It was a growth process for me. I began to see life differently when I called people. I seen the conversation as a gift to learn or teach. Each new conversation became lighter and brighter and our words more aligned with how we want to show up and less about how ego feels.
Today, I pledge to call my friends and family and remind them of how I feel. Remind them that with them in my life, my life is full.
If you feel drawn to share your story, I am always blessed to receive it. Namaste.