Sunday, 20 November 2016


This is a post from November, 2015, but I would just like to make a few changes in the light of post-election repercussions in the USA.

As we approach thanks giving day, I would like to share with you some thoughts on the matter of being grateful and giving thanks as important aspects of achieving your goals in life, or simply put, achieving success. 

I would like to suggest to you, that giving thanks is also a requisite for peace, especially with what is transpiring in this post-election period in America. I just want to take this opportunity to invite you all to embrace gratitude and you will find in this the peace and serenity to relate better to others in this time of turmoil. As you listen to the song in the video below, just replace Jamaica with America in the lyrics. 

According to Wallace D. Wattles in The Science of Getting Rich “It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
This quote leads me into the discussion of two points that I would like to make:

Firstly, there is a distinction between gratitude and giving thanks. Note that Wattles said; you should ‘cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you’ He then continues; ‘and to give thanks continuously.’ Gratitude then is a state of being and is associated with an internal feeling of appreciation. It is this internal feeling of appreciation for ‘what is’ good or bad that Wattles invites us to cultivate.

Giving thanks is an outward show of this internal appreciation and takes the verb ‘give’ as opposed to ‘being grateful.’ This simply means that you cannot give gratefulness, you can only be grateful and you cannot be thanks; you must ‘give thanks.’ I must warn you, however, that a show of giving thanks which is not associated with the internal feeling of appreciation is a dead show.

This is what some of our thanksgiving activities have come to be-a dead show. That is why if you give away a million dollars without the feeling of appreciation for what you have and for the person to whom you are giving it, you will not be rewarded. However, if you do give with a deep sense of gratitude, you are rewarded ten-fold, not necessarily in cash but something that you cherish and give more than a million dollar significance to. It is a universal law and the receiving usually happens within a short time after the giving!

Secondly, many of the things that we consider to be ‘uncomfortable’ contribute, in some way, to our growth and evolution, either by teaching us a lesson that will provide a platform for our upward mobility, or by leaving us a much stronger individual in some areas of our lives. In this sense there is no so-called ‘bad thing.’ If you go back and examine many of the things you called ‘bad’ in your life and look at where you are now, you will clearly see the positive correlation between your present status and the so-called ‘bad thing.’  
Appreciating your present circumstance, whatever it is, rather than worrying, whining, or getting angry about it, creates the impetus for greater things to happen in your life.

So, just where are you now, in your quest for a better life, as we approach another thanksgiving day? You should really find the deep sense of appreciating the things you have now and thereby making meaningful the show of thanks that you will give come Thanksgiving Day. Love you all! Happy thanksgiving and do enjoy the video below:

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