A Matter Of Giving Thanks Spirituality Information

A Matter Of Giving Thanks Spirituality Information

In the United States, we just celebrated the "Thanksgiving" holiday. Many other countries have their
own versions of​ "Thanksgiving." But thanksgiving is​ not something that should be celebrated on one
particular day of​ the year. it​ is​ good that a​ day has been chosen for this, but it​ is​ up to​ each and every one of​ us to​ be "giving thanks" all year long.

Sometimes we look around at​ our financial situation and think that there is​ nothing to​ be thankful for. Other times we glance at​ our relationship or​ health challenges and think that giving thanks borders on the absurd. Yet, if​ we look around us, we can see that we are not alone in​ our trials, that many others are having to​ face similar problems.

Being thankful for life itself is​ a​ way of​ making life better. When we look away from our problems, even for a​ short time, and generate joy in​ our hearts, we find that the world seems to​ change a​ bit. I do not know why this is​ so and I don't really need to​ know. All I know is​ that the universe seems to​ respond quickly to​ a​ grateful heart.

A grateful heart is, perhaps, a​ heart full of​ "greatness." Maybe, the way it​ works is​ that when we break focus with our problems and we take a​ break from being miserable, the River of​ Life flows more gently and more fully through our being.

Try it​ for yourself sometime. Stop what you're doing for one or​ two minutes and quiet your mind. if​ you're really frightened by appearances around you or​ if​ your problems seem insurmountable, you may find that stilling your mind becomes a​ very difficult task. But with a​ little practice, a​ minute or​ two at​ a​ time, it​ becomes easier to​ do.

During this minute or​ two, think of​ two or​ three things or​ events you are or​ should be grateful for. Feel how fortunate you are to​ have them. For example, I consider myself extremely blessed to​ have had my two children, Malika and Jonathan, grow up the way they have. True, there were times when I considered running away from home. And yes, there were moments of​ anxiety and concern when I thought to​ myself that children were created for the sole purpose of​ inflicting insanity on their parents. But don't most of​ us feel that way once in​ a​ while?

Yet, with all the ups and downs of​ being a​ parent, I consider myself the most fortunate person on earth to​ have Malika and Jonathan as​ my children. They have taught me patience, unconditional love and much more than I can ever list here. I have learned from them. I could not be who I am without the experience of​ being their father. And for this, I'm grateful. I give thanks.

How about unfortunate situations. Am I happy or​ grateful that my wife died when she was only in​ her thirties? Should I be thankful that I was left with two young children to​ raise and an​ entire life to​ reorganize? of​ course not! But I am grateful that she was my wife for the years we spent together. She was only nineteen when we were married. I am grateful for her love, for her kindness and compassion and for making it​ possible for me to​ be what I am today. We could all turn tragedy into triumph and disaster into divine outcomes if​ we maintain a​ spirit of​ gratitude and if​ we listen to​ our heart and soul. it​ is​ in​ our quiet times, in​ our "thanksgiving" moments that we can hear the universe sing to​ us. if​ we listen carefully, we can hear it​ say, "You are my child and I love you dearly. Look around you. All that I have is​ yours. Everything is​ yours. it​ always has been. Please unwrap your gifts."

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