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Have you stopped to think about it?
What DO you have to be thankful for?

Having the Gratitude Attitude

Yes, it might feel great to win the lottery. Money, houses, travel – these are wonderful, but not enough by themselves. You need the right frame of mind to fully enjoy life. You need the attitude of gratitude.

Be Grateful

Life is better when you feel blessed, when you can look around and say “Thank you, God.” Religious or not, when you see life as a wonderful gift, your experience is a richer one than any amount of money can provide. Imagine going through life like you’re a child, and every morning is Christmas.

Be thankful that you are able to breathe on your own without the use of the machine. Be thankful that you can get out of bed without assistance. Be thankful that you can walk, talk, and see. There’s so much to be grateful for every day of your life, it’s just changing your attitude.

It’s tempting to think gratitude comes from having what you want. You see yourself giving thanks if you had money, a loving family, and maybe a house on the beach. Still, you know there are ungrateful, unhappy people with these things, and poor people full of gratitude for what little they have. Where does this feeling come from?

Creating Gratitude

Gratitude arises from how you look at things. It is the natural feeling that comes from truly appreciating the people and things in your life. It is also something you can learn. You’re never too old to start learning how to be grateful.

First, you have to stop and smell the roses. You can’t be thankful for something you don’t notice or enjoy. Roses really do smell great, by the way.

Then, you need to make this appreciative approach to roses and life a habit. There’s no need to ignore the ugliness in the world, but you have to habitually see the beautiful things.

Start writing down every positive thing that happens to you, and all the things you like. I recommend buying a journal just for writing about gratitude. Do this until you start automatically seeing the good things in life. If you’ve ever bought a white car, and started seeing white cars all over, you know how awareness can alter your perception of reality. To see wonderful things all over, train yourself to look for them.

When you are in the habit of “counting your blessings,” gratitude, and a much richer experience of life is the natural result. The Great Spirit Honors you when you count your blessings. You will find you are receiving more out of life then you ever did before once you develop a gratitude attitude.

I am grateful that you took the time to read this message.

Cherokee Billie


Comments on: "Are You Thankful This Thanksgiving?" (2)

  1. Dear Cherokee Billie- And I am grateful you took the time to write this powerful message!

    I always look forward to your words of wisdom in my e-mail box and you always make me think, but this message really touched me especially. I agree with you that we have to thank our creator every day for the blessings we are given. It is easy to fall in the trap of seeing what we don’t have or what others may have, instead of seeing the true gifts we have in our lives.

    Thank you for the gift you gave me today Cherokee Billie! 🙂 Catarina

    • Dear Catarina:
      I am grateful that you took the time to read this. It’s something we need to focus on always and especially now at this time of Thanksgiving. I’m glad that you like the messages I post. It definitely keeps me going to know that people are inspired by these messages. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

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