Being in the attitude of gratitude

It has been a while since my last blog entry ie the 13th of June, mainly due to family and medical reasons. However, I am back on line so to speak.

Since my last entry I have been overwhelmed, and humbled, with amazing responses to the material I have shared. I have not realised until now the number people that are looking for and are in need of as well as having appreciation for such material. Due to personal time constraints I cannot personally respond to each and every reply. Never the less, I thank you all for taking your time to read and reply to this blog. Hence the introduction of today’s blog. By the way, I had one reply on my spelling abilities within my writing. Please note that I am currently residing in South Africa and am using South African English.

As my main theme for now is our journey for being our best from a more principled perspective I am grateful that there is such a community in the world that can appreciate the value of that. A lot has been referenced regarding the principle of gratitude, specifically by writers and compilers like Eric Butterworth on Spiritual Economics - the Prosperity Process, Sandra Anne Taylor on Quantum Success, and Rhonda Byrne (The Secret) in her latest book called The Magic; as well as having released a while ago a Gratitude Journal which I use personally. Most motivational and spiritual writers do reference having an “Attitude of Gratitude” as the basis for a joyful as well as a successful life.

My take on this is that there is also a huge distinction between being grateful for all that you have and being grateful in all that you have, whatever little that may be. I chose to take on the latter distinction as the principled attitude of gratitude to live by. The reason for that is by having an attitude of gratitude for a specific thing is placing your focus and state of joy conditionally and dependent on that specified something, and therefore outside yourself. On the other hand being grateful in all things, places your focus and state of joy within yourself, appreciating the presence of it, but not becoming depended on it!

The Greek philosopher Plato said, more than 2500 years ago: A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to itself great things. My insight here is that a grateful person is also attracting great things because he is just being grateful unconditionally in all things.

So, what does this mean for you to be grateful?

What needs to happen or has to be in place in order for you to be grateful?

In order for you to come to an answer that is personally meaningful to you; I invite you to reflect on the above for say 5 minutes per day for a 3 to 4 days. You may find that the answer coming to you on the last day is the answer from the heart, from your true self!

I also invite you to share some of your answers on this blog - if this would be to the benefit of the community as a whole.

As always ... it remains you choice to do so.

Copyright © : Dirk JO Devis – Frontier Coaching - 2012

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