The Spirit Of Thanks Giving
The Spirit Of Thanks Giving – At the time that I am writing this article the Thanksgiving holiday will be exactly twelve days away, thirteen days away from the official start of the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season.
It is difficult at times, especially in the rush of the holiday season, to pause and take a personal inventory of all the things to be grateful for in our life. All the blessings, fellowship and growth that we have experienced over the course of the entire year all seem to become overshadowed by the anxiety and stress that the holidays bring, and of course the tax season to follow. All of the worry and fear of not getting someone the “perfect gift” can really bring down one’s confidence; and for those who have been striving to stay in an attitude of abundance and positivity, it can bring about a fear of over spending and stinking thinking.
I would like to take this time to give you the ammunition of which you will need to make it through this hectic time of the year. I would like to give you five methods which will keep your spirits high, your mind focused on abundance and an attitude of gratitude.
Five Methods That Invoke a Spirit of Gratitude:
1.) Write down 10 things that you are most grateful for.
I have a journal which I keep by my bed. Every morning when I wake up I write down 10 things that I am grateful for. Then at night before I retire I write down 5 things that I have learned that day. By writing down what you are grateful for will make you see that everything really is not as bad as it may appear. I know it certainly lifts my spirits and helps prepare me to take on whatever challenges may face me that day.
2.) Read out loud your list of 10 things that you are most grateful for.
It is not enough to simply write down that which you are most grateful. You must read them out loud and with great enthusiasm. If you feel a little embarrassed about this because of your spouse, family or room mates may think of you do this in a quiet place where you will be alone. I used to read my list aloud when I would be driving to work. By reading your list out loud you affirm to your subconcious mind that these things make you feel good. I think that you will be amazed at how much better you will feel after you do this.
When I retire at night I like to write down 5 things that I have learned during the day. This helps to recognize and measure daily growth and it helps to uncover things to be grateful for that I may have missed or taken for granted otherwise.
3.) When someone does something out of kindness say “Thank You”.
You may already do this to be polite. Most people were raised to say “thank you” when someone does something for you or gives you a gift and because of this conditioning it is has become an automatic response. Ask yourself this, how many times do you say “thank you” and really mean it? How many times do you really feel those feelings of gratitude? Lip service alone to this phrase is not enough, in order for those words to hold any meaning one must feel it. By feeling it and conveying those feelings to another not only will you have lifted your own spirits but you will have empowered another human being.
4.) Give something to charity or to someone less fortunate.
Be honest here, how many times have you passed by the person who is taking donations for the salvation army? How many times have you had an extra gift or two, could be a gift received even, that you knew someone else would get immense pleasure from but you just let it sit and collect dust? How did that make you feel? This year, and each year after or whenever the timing is appropriate why not do or give something to another person. You will enrich the life of someone who is not as fortunate as you and you will highten the quality of your own life as well. Remember that if you give something, you will get back 3 times or more that which you gave. It is a law as definite as the law of gravity.
5.) Decide now that you will live with a heart filled with gratitude.
As Anthony Robbins says “It is in our moments of decision that our destiny is shaped”. Decide right now that instead of just going with the flow or giving in to the all the Scrooges and discomforts that the holidays can bring that you will live with an attitude of gratitude. Decide right now that you will do one or all of the things that you have just learned. Information is power but only if acted upon, decide now to use it or you will become a product of circumstance.
I realize that this article is a bit long, I hope that you enjoyed it. Most importantly I hope that you have discovered a tool that you may use to get you through not only the holidays but through many of life’s challenges. Happy Holidays and best wishes on your path to enhancing the quality of your life.
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