Friday, October 2, 2009

Be Grateful

It's a new month in a new season, so now is as good a time as any to get right.  I was listening to a podcast interview on I-Tunes with Lisa Nichols, (most recognized by her appearance on The Secret), and one of the things that she said was how important it is to be grateful. 

Lisa starts every day in gratitude, saying out loud all of the things for which she is grateful.  I've listened to at least a hundred podcast interviews with Lisa, John Assaraf, Jim Rohn, Oprah Winfrey, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Earl Nightingale, Joe Vitale, and many others.  I've heard all of them say in one way or another how important it is to be grateful and how being grateful has made a difference in their lives.  Oprah has even talked about her gratitude journal which she writes in on a regular basis.  They've even said that gratitude for the bad things brings more good things into your life.

Now when I first heard this I thought, "Yeah ok.  I can understand being grateful for the good things, but the bad too?!  Umm, no.  And then to say it out loud? Every day?  That makes sense how?"  Then I recalled the list of people who do this.  Every last one of them has a level of success that I hope to achieve someday. 

Being grateful is clearly working for them, so why can't I do that?  I say thank you to strangers for some random things like holding the door, handing me a pen, telling me the time, etc., so saying thank you out loud for things that have made a real impact on my life isn't so far fetched after all.

Over the summer, I've made it a habit every morning to be grateful.  I typically do it on my walk to the train station.  And yes, I say out loud how grateful I am for going to my job when I'd rather be at home or how grateful I am for a rainy day, when we'd all prefer it to be sunny.  I can honestly say that I've noticed a change.  Others have noticed too.  I smile even more now.

I don't know how many times strangers have commented on my positive aura or positive energy and that of course makes me feel good.  I search for the silver lining in everything.  Even the bad stuff isn't that bad.  It's practically nonexistent.  When I'm down, it seems that the universe works hard to make sure that I don't feel that way for long.  It is the weirdest thing!  Things will just happen that make me smile. 

Being grateful gets easier everyday, because there is so much to be grateful for.  Even if you have all types of bad stuff going down around you, you woke up today and today is a new opportunity for good things to come into your life.  You have shelter, clothes, food, etc.  Those are the bare minimum things to be grateful for, but I'm sure you can find more.  Give it a go!  What do you have to lose?  What are some things that you're grateful for today?


  1. Your writings are truly inspirational! When is the next post? Holidays are coming and this is a tough time for many, including me sometimes. Suggestions for those of us who struggle through this period?

    Thanks, Ms. Pillowz

  2. Hi again and thank you so much for your kind comments! I am working on the next post as we speak. :-)

    Holidays can definitely be tough for people. Before I give advice, I would like to ask what about the holidays makes it a tough time for you?

  3. Wow. I so needed this. In fact, as soon as I'm done typing I will be writing in my journal what I'm grateful for (good & bad).
    Thanks for posting.

  4. Hey, if it works for Oprah... :-D