I've been pondering gratitude quite a lot lately, as my life has taken some unexpected turns, some in which could easily lead to a nose-dive into the pools of despair. So, to think and explore the concepts around being thankful, at times can seem daunting. My Higher Self, however, disagrees. My Higher Self is inclined to think that even hardships are blessings. Yes, even the terrible tragedies create blessings often in some form.
You see, we live in a world of contrasts and reciprocity; often viewed as yin and yang, dark to light, high to low, in to out, etc. There is a duality in our world that creates seemed blessings and assumed curses. Many by now have heard of the Law of Attraction. It has gotten quite a stir lately with the movie The Secret and all of the spiritual gurus jumping the bandwagon! Not that it isn't a bandwagon worthy of jumping, it is. It has been often pushed and touted as an alternative to positive affirmations, or rather, it really just takes positive affirmations to the next level. At any rate, often the focus is on getting rich, and for many, that is the most important thing. "Ye who dies with the most toys wins" would not be such a famous quote, if the majority didn't crave money and material possessions. I'd like to suggest another way to encourage the Law of Attraction and the Law of Reciprocity to be utilized not only to YOUR advantage, but also to the WORLD'S advantage.
And, this is where the whole "gratitude" aspect comes into play... For us to take the high road, where we can hold our head's high and know that we are each doing the best we can, with the tools we have been given, to accomplish exactly what we are here to do. That may sound somewhat complex to some, and you may be wondering what in the heck I mean, but please bear with me! I don't want you to have to give up all of your material possessions! I'm just suggesting, that the Universe is abundant! There is plenty for everyone! And, part of this process of attraction is allowing yourself to accept the abundance and be certain in your generosity to others' that it will be reciprocated, often tenfold, to you! It is a good idea to share, and know that you will never be without.
The Tao Te Ching says this quite nicely, "Instead of trying to be a mountain, be the valley of the universe and all things will come to you." In the Bible, it is taught that as you give, you will receive. This truth, no matter what your faith, is prevalent in the Law of Attraction and the Law of Reciprocity. Nothing, and I mean nothing, that you do, say, show, give, or take is without effect. In physics they have a law derived from Newton that states, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." All of these things point to the elementary "cause and effect". What you do matters. What I do matters. We, globally and independently, matter. So... matter in a big way. Matter in a series of small ways. Matter in a "Pay it Forward", live your best life, be thankful for the rain, the sun, the grass that grows underfoot... the sadness that comes into your world because it teaches you compassion for others' sadness... the food on our tables that nourish us, knowing that there are so many out there that are without nourishment.... We are so rich with blessings. Feel those blessings. Be grateful for them. And then, do what you can, in small ways or large, to share them. Those blessings will befall you tenfold and more.
Believe. Go forward. Be grateful. Bless others' and allow yourself to be blessed.