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Living in Abundance (Part 3): ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

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"Joy comes to us in moments--ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary." - Brene Brown 

The fine line between what is "enough" and "not enough" depends solely on our willingness to practice GRATITUDE. Nothing else. Neither our circumstances, possessions, nor amount of recognition received from others can replace the power of gratitude. As I've stressed many times before: this is the main determinant of whether we live in 'abundance' or 'lack'.

Life is often fast-paced, incessantly absorbed with climbing the ladder of success. From goal A we move on to goal B, and from goal B we move on to goal C. We hardly ever stop. And unfortunately, acknowledging that something is "enough" is mistakenly labelled by society as succumbing to "mediocrity". We're told to constantly aim for more, otherwise we'll miss out on living the "fullness" of life.

But does "never enough" really sound like the "fullness of life" to you? Seriously. Answer the question. Will this honestly make you happy?

There is nothing wrong with aiming high or working towards goals. But there has absolutely got to be such thing as "enough".

COUNT YOUR "ENOUGH'S" ...

To be happy is to dare. So dare to count your "enough's". Take this moment right now to release yourself from the frantic pace of life and just be grateful. What is there to be grateful for?


THE CHALLENGE ...

We don't have to limit gratitude to Thanksgiving. Consider taking on the following challenges:

  1. Keep a Gratitude Diary (or even a scrap of paper to record stuff on). Record at least 3 things you are grateful for each day. You'll be surprised much happier you'll be, and how much longer these lists will grow. 
  2. Express your Gratitude. Take the time to express your thankfulness. It can be through a letter, or a gift, or even through a smile or an act of service. Doesn't matter. Anything that helps the other person feel loved and appreciated. 

THE POINT ... 

Gratitude is magic. It transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. It transforms "not enough" into "enough", and "enough" into "more than enough". It is summarized beautifully in the quote below.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie

Psalm 118:24 // Thessalonians 5:18 // Colossians 3:17 // Psalm 40:5

WHERE 'YOU' COME IN ...
What are you grateful for? Feel free to share in the comment box below, or tweet me @realtalkblogs! Other comments are also always welcome, and feel free to share this blog =) Happy Thanksgiving!


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