During my morning contemplation, I thought about the power of gratitude and how it can change your life. It is the single most powerful source of inspiration that any person can tap into if you simply stop and pay attention. I turned to the page in my Science of Mind magazine and read the following:

“I am thankful for all the miracles, seen and unseen that bring me back into alignment with my true nature. I am thankful for so many opportunities to learn to love myself so I could learn to love others.

I am thankful for the outstanding beauty of nature that makes me appreciate life. I am thankful for the wisdom to make right choices for my good. I am thankful for the vigor and health of my body that allows me to experience such a joyful, active life. I am thankful for the sunrises and sunsets, for the vastness of the ocean and the beauty of its many moods and colors. I am thankful for the clothes on my back, food on the table, and the roof over my head.

I am thankful for the quiet moments of self-reflection, for the peace in my heart when I realize how much I am loved. I am thankful for the people and books that inspire me, for the roses that smell heavenly, for the kindred spirits that understand me and support me on my life’s journey.

I am thankful for the way my vibration is lifted when I speak or think of my blessings, and mostly, I am thankful for the fact that more blessings come to me when I appreciate the ones I have.”

I know from my own experiences it’s easy to be grateful when things are going well and more difficult during the trials of life: death, disease, rejection, or failure. The truth is no one is exempt, but good can always be found even in the worst of times. Embracing gratitude during those tumultuous situations may be the one thing that gets you through. The more we notice what’s working for us than against us, whatever we face can be a lot less challenging. The so-called little things are not really little at all. They are life giving. Pause, notice and give thanks for them. Even a minute will be enough to shift you to a place where you can better deal with what ever life presents. 

It takes 21 days to create a habit. Set your mind in the right direction. Each morning, over a cup of coffee or tea, plant the seeds of gratitude and let them take root in your in heart. They are all around you big and small.