I hope this week’s message finds you well and grateful.
If I had only one recommendation for achieving a more abundant life, it would be the daily discipline of gratitude. It is the only true get-rich scheme available to everyone.
Being rich is a state of mind.
There are those with huge fortunes depressed and desperate for more, and then there are those who feel rich to experience a beautiful sunset – ask anyone who came out of a successful eye surgery. When we open our mind’s eyes to see the abundant path laid in front of us, we need only walk it - and that path is called gratitude.
There is no other mental exercise more powerful than to put our minds on what we do have rather than on what we don’t have.
Did you know that it is impossible to be grateful and depressed at the same time?
So, this begs the question, what causes depression?
Is our epidemic of depression caused by an epidemic of entitlement?
Approximately 78% of those inheriting wealth have a 90% chance of becoming broke.
They didn’t earn it, often lack appreciation for the value of money, and hence grow up with a sense of entitlement.
Is it harder for the one with physical wealth to see all the non-material riches laid out in front of them?
Jim Collins, author of several books including Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall, was once recommended by a good friend to write out at least 100 things for which he is grateful.
He said because at some point you come to notice how much on your list is not because of you, not because of anything you did.
For many years I have shared from stage that we cannot serve from an empty cup.
If we live a life feeling a sense of lack, our doings will be more focused on getting than giving. However, the mindset of abundance empowers us to be more present for ourselves and others and to give from the overflow of our spirit.
Imagine your cup not lacking, needing to be filled, but rather overflowing with more than enough to give. Counting our blessings helps fill our cup.
True wealth depends on our state of mind. Of course, we know there are those who are materially wealthy still living in want - and those who have very little materially that live to give.
Who are you?
Who do you want to be?
Why not fill your cup right now?
Start in your phone notes your GRATITUDE LIST and make several entries right now. List at least 10 and notice how much better you feel when you come back to this blog :-)
It’s not what we know as much as what we do that matters.
I think it all starts with a gratitude discipline. For many years I have endeavored to add to my gratitude list every morning, to fill my cup to overflowing before I begin my day.
Gratitude is the secret sauce to living our BEST DAY EVER!!
It is one of my favorite activities to just sit down and start entering into my phone all that comes to mind in which I am grateful. It is also powerful to scroll back in time 3 to 4 months ago to revisit the list of all that filled your cup in the past and how repetitive gifts (both material and non-material) bring so much joy.
We are all rich beyond belief - beyond our current belief - so why not shift and lift our beliefs to higher ground - to experience more fully the treasure that is our life itself.
All gifts are for giving - may this week’s message be a gift to you.
Make it a great week!