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GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED

"What can you do right now to begin to turn your life around?  The very first thing is to start making a list of things to be grateful for.  This shifts your energy and starts to shift your thinking.  Whereas before this exercise you might be focusing on what you don't have, your complaints, and your problems, you go in a different direction when you do this exercise.  You start to be grateful for all those things that you feel good about."  ~The Secret, pg. 74

 

 

WOW!  I opened The Secret to a random page today as I always do, and without fail, it gave me exactly what I was thinking about!  I woke up this morning reminding myself of all the wonderful things I am grateful for in my own life.  And as I had my morning coffee, I continued thinking about gratitude and about that phrase we see on restaurant bills: GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED.  It's not usually included.  It's something extra we have to add on to show our appreciation.  But the reminder is there for us on the bill.  And through constant reminders and repetition, it's become an automatic process to leave a tip to say thanks.

Similarly, showing gratitude to the world, to ourselves, to our loved ones, is not always automatically included or understood.  It takes a bit of effort and practice to get into the routine of always showing gratitude.  For me, the above exercise was one I challenged myself to take on daily.  As with any new routine, it took some time for it to be automatic.  A lot of the obstacles came from that little voice in my head that gave me many reasons to not stick with it.  But if you can make the effort, I promise you it's worth the effort!   Because you really will feel good thinking about all the good stuff in your life, and that, in turn, will bring more good into your life!  I invite you to try it out & keep me posted of your progress.

One Response to “GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED”

  1. Anna says:

    I certainly needed to read this today. I have been angry for several days. Today I decided to let go of my anger and write some important gratuitous thoughts down..Seriously, there is much more to be thankful for than to complain about. The problem is that the perfectionist is never quite satisfied – is she?

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