“There is great wisdom in the idea that “we become what we think about most of the time”. The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to see (or seize) the opportunity” Phillip E. Humbert
Consider that the door to to seeing and seizing the opportunity Phillip Humbert describes can be opened by one word: gratitude.
Gratitude has the power to quell our fears and create an experience of joy. When you focus on all that you are and all that you have from a context of gratitude, you experience both being on solid ground in the present and being hopeful about the future.
As Melody Beatie says: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Can you think of a better state of being from which to perform at your best, tap your ingenuity and creativity, as well as lead others?
What began as a harvest celebration was given new meaning in the United States with the Thanksgiving Harvest Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln in 1963. On the 4th Thursday of November each year the United States dedicates a day to celebrate all that there is to be grateful for as citizens of our democratic nation.
In modern life very few of us have an actual hand in a harvest. Yet we do have the opportunity to experience a bountiful harvest in so many other ways. Whatever your celebration or tradition of thanksgiving may be, the practice of shining a spotlight on all there is for us to be thankful for is indeed a powerful one.
The real power of gratitude, however, is realized when we do the often hard work of living and leading with gratitude each day.
What are you grateful for?
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