What Are You Grateful For?

Thanksgiving is that time of year when we pause for a moment to reflect on aspects of our lives that we are thankful for. It’s a shame we don’t find time to make reflection a part of our regular daily routines, but we’re busy people, right?

An author I met, Derek Rydall, recently sent an email message to those of us on his email list. I found it inspiring and wanted to share a portion of it with you. He titled his article, What You Appreciate… Appreciates. In it, Derek suggests that we try to become more aware of what we are grateful for and he makes a great case for us to count our blessings.  “This isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s a powerful practice that can radically transform your life on every level. The reason is that what you appreciate…appreciates. What you give thanks for expands,” says Derek. He believes that focusing our attention on positive things will bring more positive energy and experiences into our lives. And focusing on negative aspects will bring us more negativity. “When you live in a state of gratitude, you create the fertile conditions for your greater potential to unfold, because you literally become the kind of person you would be if that potential came true.”

Among other things he encouraged his readers to make four lists. One list Derek titled: Successes/Achievements… and another, I’m capable of / I can… These two lists were great to bring about reflection, and more importantly they inspired action by affirming what we can ‘do’ in the direction of our goals and dreams. Give them a try. To see the other lists and read the complete article, visit his site at www.derekrydall.com