the Gratitude Muscle
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Many people know they should be grateful. Often we tell ourselves we will be grateful. Often we feel so tired that we can’t even write a thank you note. But the fact is the exercise of gratitude is just that, an exercise for your spirit.
Gratitude is something we need to be able to do automatically so our gratitude muscle becomes flexed and strong. It is easier to do something when you have practiced it many times.
Unfortunately most of us have flabby gratitude muscles from their being totally out of use. That is because they have not been exercised. They have not been trained. We have not undergone a program that would build those gratitude muscles and make them strong. Anything we do not exercise becomes flabby.
How do we exercise our gratitude muscles so they become strong and gratitude becomes a vital part of our attitude and actions? As we are grateful when we look around at the things we have, this immersion in gratitude fills us with joy.
We, being able to read this, to have internet access, to have an inquisitive mind, are those who have been given so much. When we walk into our kitchen and turn on the light, we can know that billions around the world cannot perform that single act as they have no electricity. When we turn on the faucet and hot and cold running water, clean water, flows out in limitless quantities, know that billions cannot do that. When we go into our bathroom and turn on the shower with mixed hot and cold water to our preferred temperature, know that billions cannot do that.
When we walk outside our door and see paved streets instead of muddy potholed dirt roads, know that billions cannot do that. When we enter our cars and turn on the engine and start it up just by turning a key or pushing a button, know that billions cannot do that.
When we go into a hospital and trained nurses and doctors abound with all the medicines we need, know that billions live where either there is no medical care, no doctors and/or no medicines.
When we look on the wall and see the calendar that we purchased with the kind of photos we want to see, whether they be fish, cats, or scenery, we know that billions do not even have a calendar. Exercise your gratitude muscle and say, “I am grateful,” every time you realize how blessed you are with these and the many other things in your life.
When we go into a supermarket and see products from everywhere in the world, know that the mass of people around the world shop at corner stores, called pulperias in Latin America, with only a few goods of dubious quality.
When we open our laptop and log onto Wi-Fi we have access to all the knowledge of the ages. When we go to the public library, check out a book and read it, know that millions cannot read, have no access to a library nor would understand what is written there.
We have so much. We use all these wonderful things every day, reaching out our hands and thinking we have the right to them. We assume they should be there for us and we take it as our due.
But I have to tell you, to have these things, while others do not, means that they are all blessings to us, and that we have been chosen to receive them for whatever reason that matters to the universe.
Yesterday over 150,000 people died. Yet we rose this morning just as the day opened and went about our work. Why were we chosen to live and to enjoy these blessings? We do not know. But we do know this. They are blessings. They are valuable things and experiences we are having. We have been chosen. We have been gifted. And what is expected of us? There is a saying, “When much is given, much is expected in return.”
We have been given a bountiful life. We have been blessed. And yet our gratitude muscles are flabby and out of use. It seems the more we give our children the less grateful they are. Why? Because they have not been trained. A martial artist knows he or she must train. They train physically to move the body, spiritually to learn centering and respect for each other before, during and after classes. An athlete knows he or she must train both physically and mentally to meet the challenges.
The exercise of gratitude is an exercise for your spirit. It is something we must practice to be able to do it automatically, so our gratitude muscle becomes flexed and strong. It is easier to do something when you have practiced it many times.
Ungrateful people do not feel joy. To live with joy, we must be grateful. We cannot feel joy unless we are aware of what we have, who we are, what we have to give and how our own life impacts the lives of others. In other words, we must be grateful in order to be joyous. We must practice being grateful.
Without gratitude there is no joy because we just don't know we are blessed.
The more we tap into our blessings, the higher our self-esteem becomes. The more we realize we have been favored by the universe the more our awareness becomes that we matter.
People who have lots of things
and are not grateful still do not feel joy or
blessed. When we look at many celebrities with so
much, constantly in and out of bad relationships, of
drug rehab and alcoholism programs, it is because
they have things but they have no joy. And they have
no joy because their gratitude muscles are totally
unused and flabby.
Because many of us were trained
as children with negative language, that negative
information is in our minds. We can replace the
negative information and create the positive
language of gratitude in the brain to bring more joy
and success into our lives. How do we exercise our
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