A NEW YEAR

With every moment, a now. With every Now, new, blank, open to receive our direction.

To be Thankful in all is to take every moment captive to the Positive Realm of Appreciation.

To Look for the Positives is to find the positives.

To Look for the Negatives is to find the negatives.

To say, “Nothing good ever happens to me.” is to assure that nothing good ever happens.

To say, “I am grateful for all the blessings that chase me down and overtake me, and fill my arms and hands and thoughts and heart.” is to assure that happening.

Be Grateful. Be Thankful. Be Appreciative.

Gratitude is………..

Magnetic and Magnifying.

Whatever anyone is grateful for is magnetized and like a magnet it draws to itself the ‘whatever’  for which one is grateful.

Whatever anyone is grateful for is Magnified, made more, made larger and dominant. Just like looking through a Magnifying Glass makes the focused ‘whatever’ larger and dominant, so is ‘whatever’ one is grateful for,  Magnified.

From the invisible realm to the visible.  From the unreal to the real.

Remember: All ‘Something’ came from nothing.

All.

Grateful in All

Excruciating pain was what she experienced. Yet through it all, she was grateful she could experience.

The alternative was/is: non-experience.

Even in pain, to take control with an attitude of gratitude gave her a comfort the pain could not touch. A comfort that grew and overwhelmed the pain.

Considering the planet’s population she knew there were many people who would gladly trade their place and condition with her place and condition.

Certainly she was in pain, but well fed, well sheltered, meals for days into the future, waited in her cabinets.
For her there was a place she could go to get medical help. Too,there was a place she had earned money and insurance to pay for the medical help.

There were medications to help ease the pain, that waited at the end of a phone call.

She could read and write and contemplate. In her world it was common to hear from family and friends of their love, their support, their willingness to help, to drive, to pray, to raise hands of healing, and share their loving energy.

Scriptural phrases strengthened her: ‘This will not end in death.’, ‘I came that you have Life and have it more abundantly.’, and ‘With long life I will satisfy you.’.

Questions

Sometimes the questions are for what we are to be grateful.

The probing questions that ask us to reflect deeply and consider the rough places, and the difficult, in our life experience history.

It is there, in the rough terrain of our memories, where we find what we are to truly, thoroughly examine.  It is as if we are to contemplatively consider the challenges in our personal history, and then ask, and then make the statement:

Of, acknowledgement, embracing and loving, and then forgiving.

Let go.  Let go. Let go.

Be grateful for forgiveness.

Surprises

Surprises are to be grateful for.

It was so clear last night! We stopped our rush to slow down and settle in for the night. We looked long and intently into the different star groups.

I remembered a night many decades past, just as clearly.

From my perspective, on a hill, part way up a ridge, in the Aux Arc’s, on my grandmother’s front lawn topped with an old quilt, we rested, and a beloved cousin taught me the names of the same star systems.

Sometimes, we would look to the field below, where our parents and Grandparents planted in the fields below, by the moon’s light.

Later, that night, long after we’d parted, while we slept in our own beds, some far from that place, rain came and watered in all the plantings.

This morning too, we woke to see the last of a morning’s easy rain.

Being grateful.

Being Grateful in the Midst of Chaos

is a bit of a challenge and in so doing makes us much stronger and calmer and prepared for the things we must do.

Storms have been numerous. Floods in some places, fires in others, and in other places, people have senselessly harmed other people.

Overwhelming situations of chaos seem all powerful in their big, strong and fierce ways.

We are bettered when we remember: our resilience as a people, the changing and passing of all things, the rush of thousands of people into the storms to bring help, and hugs, and prayers.

Be encouraged because helping hearted people rush into the storms that have been our history.

The empowering attraction of being thankful will bring in more good and more reasons to be thankful.

Forcing oneself to be grateful takes control, powerful control, away from the negatives, while at the same time giving us confidence in Light overcoming darkness, and help overcoming need.

Be grateful for whatever is most immediate before you. The breath you breathe, a loved one near, pictures saved, the treasured family Bible. No matter how minor, and especially major, make yourself look for the good. Good is.

And please remember: This too will pass.