Enjoy Life With Renewed Gratitude

by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD - Date: 2007-01-15 - Word Count: 316 Share This!

Too often we forget to recognize the richness that defines our lives-all the abundance and joy we experience. Instead, we focus on what we do not have or what is wrong. The glass is half-empty versus the glass is half-full. This may be because we are bombarded with negative messages via the media and commercials or because we have forgotten to enjoy the little things-versus keeping up with the neighbors who seem to 'have it all.'

Consequently, our gratitude exists in constant conflict with our desire for more, whether we desire time, convenience, wealth or enlightenment. Understanding and truly appreciating our blessings can be as simple as walking a mile in another's shoes or stepping out of the whirlwind of activity to sit and listen to someone talk from their heart. For many people, many of life's abundances are taken for granted-attaining an education, buying healthy food, driving a luxery car, having a housekeeper, etc.

To experience firsthand the complex tests others face in their daily lives, live without the amenities you take for granted. This is a great experiment for the entire family. Learning what things you take for granted can help you and your children appreciate the abundances you have. Challenge yourself to buy nutritious foods for $100 for one week, or take public transportation to work for a week. As you explore your life without things you normally take for granted-ask yourself-"How long would I endure, if this was my life?"

The compassionate gratitude that flows into your heart when you come to fully realize the abundance you enjoy may awaken pangs of guilt in your heart. Remind yourself that the purpose of this experiment is to open your heart further to gratitude and compassion. Your new awareness can help you attain a deeper level of gratitude that will allow you to savor and, most of all, appreciate your life with renewed gratitude, grace and humility.

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Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, author, motivational speaker and inspirational leader specializes in: Mind, Body, Spirit healing and Physical/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Recovery. Dr. Neddermeyer empowers people to view life's challenges as an opportunity for Personal/Professional Growth and Spiritual Awakening. http://www.drdorothy.net Your Article Search Directory : Find in Articles

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