When we focus on the abundance that is present, rather than the problem or what is missing in our lives, we eventually learn a very important truth that we always have more blessings rather than otherwise. Problems seem more because we count them, we measure them, and we analyze them more often.

Let us be grateful even if we have lost someone or something and try to understand that for better things to happen, some older things or circumstances have to go first in order to create empty spaces for God to fill with blessings. The Divine Pedagogy (teaching) tells us that God breaks to build, He empties to fill, He annihilates (destroys) to create.

Perhaps we have a relationship issue. Let us thank God and believe that perhaps we need to be the right person in a relationship; or perhaps, He gives us the wrong person before giving us the right one, so we know how to appreciate the gift when the right one comes. Perhaps we lost our job. Let us thank God anyway and believe that we will get a better job soon. There is always a reason.

Gratitude is the birthplace for our greatest growth. We grow most, not when everything is smooth nor when everything is going our way. We grow most when there is intense trouble or intense pain; when we are attacked by problems from all directions.

Gratitude changes the way we view life and ourselves and it is free. It transforms difficult situations that were once intolerable and seemingly unchangeable. The moment we feel gratitude, the situation begins to lighten, and then we begin to see the opportunities to create change. We feel better about ourselves and our ability to positively affect our environment and our world.

When we are grateful, we develop preventative maintenance program for resignation, cynicism and doubt; depression is lifted, conflict turns to harmony, and stress releases to peace. Let us search our mind for all that we have to be grateful for, everyday and frequently.  

We will learn that the key to a happy, healthy and successful life is gratitude. It not only heals, it rejuvenates the body. Take a look at someone's face that has been ravaged by years of resentment. That person looks drawn and haggard. Then look at someone who has lived life with gratitude. That person is radiant with health and aliveness. 

We cannot be grateful and unhappy at the same time. But when we turn to God whether in joy or in sorrow with a whispered word of gratitude, we begin to transcend the fluctuations of earthly existence and to anchor our lives in a love that will endure forever because gratitude comes from love. It is the natural expression of a loving heart.

Love is the power that heals our lives, and love is the power that will ultimately heal this world. Giving thanks and praise spreads healing energy and makes our lives and the world a better place to be and live.

By Tim Pedrosa 

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

Tim