November is the month for giving thanks for all the good things that we have in our lives. Everywhere I look lately I see the word gratitude popping out at me. It's easy to get mired down in everything that is wrong with our lives and forget all the good things that come our way.
Recently I have had several blessings come my way. I received another free session of my diet from a woman at my doctors office and have now lost a total of 35 pounds! That was totally unexpected and wonderful! I had dinner with a friend and another one with my father at nice restaurants and had a great time both nights. I received a gift card to a restaurant as a thank you from my boss for all my hard work. That was a shock! But a very nice one. I have had unexpected blessings from my sister and daughter at a time when I felt really low and unsure of life. I've started receiving boxes of gifts from Dr Pat Bacilli as part of the Holistic Makeover contest and that has been very fun and exciting. And each time one of these blessings happens I marvel at the goodness and love in others and how grateful it makes me feel.
I have been listening to my tapes on the Law of Attraction by Abraham-Hicks. Abraham talks about how lack creates lack and abundance creates abundance. When you focus on lack then that is what you are going to attract. If you focus on ill health then that is what you will attract. The best thing to do is focus on good things in your life and you will attract more of the same. Focus on good health, joy, prosperity, happiness. It multiplies when that is where your mind is set and that is what you are grateful for.
A few tips I have learned recently from articles I have read on gratitude and giving thanks:
1) Enlist a friend. If you start to get down or focus on lack, reach out to a friend and share good times with them. Email them with things you are thankful for. Putting your thoughts into words makes them more real. Ask them to email you with their thoughts and what they are also thankful for. Sharing these gifts is a joy in itself.
2) Make a list of your bad times. Realize that you have come through all of them. Probably with flying colors and are better off for them having happened. Even the worst of times can have positive outcomes in the most unexpected ways. You never know what is around the next corner to bring you more joy than you have ever expected or could believe would happen.
3) Imagine your life without blessings. What would your life be without the love of your family and friends. Imagine not living the life we have in the United States that we all take for granted. Be thankful for things could be so much worse if you didn't have that support system. Small things like a warm bed at night, food to eat, pets to care for with their unconditional love for you. If those things disappeared tomorrow how would you feel?
4) When you find yourself focusing on the negative reach out to someone. Helping others is one of the best ways to help yourself. It takes the focus off of you and everything you perceive is wrong with your life and puts your energy into something positive. Positive attracts positive. Abundance attracts abundance.
I'm thankful that October is done. I'm thankful for a loving family and blessed to have the friends I do. I'm thankful for a good job. I'm thankful that I can pay my bills. I'm thankful I'm on the road to a healthy, thin body. I'm thankful to have won the Holistic Makeover contest. I'm thankful for my cats. I'm thankful for my joylicious life. Blessings to all of you too~