Dr. Wayne Dyer discussed gratitude in all of his books and seminars. He shared how he said thank you the minute he put his feet on the floor every morning when he woke up. He had a childlike joy as he looked at everything in his life with wonder and gratitude.
There were times when I questioned, “Is it really possible to feel that way all the time?” I’m sure he had his share of life’s ups and downs, but now that I practice gratitude with consistency, I understand what he was talking about. There is so much splendor in my life that I used to take for granted because I was moping around and not present to the beauty of life.
A few weeks ago, I was in Myrtle Beach with my family. In the past, I would have grabbed my beach chair, plopped down by the ocean, opened a book and started reading. This year, I was in awe of my visit. I went for walks up and down the beach all day long and splashed in the waves. I giggled and laughed. I dug my toes deep into the sand to enjoy the sensation on my feet. I splashed my hair with the salt water all day long. I haven’t done that in years because I was afraid of damaging my hair. I forgot how great my hair smells from the sea water. My level of bliss skyrocketed because of the new awareness I brought to the vacation.
I walk at a park near my house. In the past, I would plug in my phone, listen to music, and power walk to my destination. Now, I look up in wonder at the pine trees. They remind me of my grandmother’s house. It brings back wonderful nostalgia, and I can’t help but smile and feel all warm inside. One early morning I listened to the swans and the birds in the nearby pond. It was so amazing against the contrast of the quiet, early morning. I felt like I was given a magnificent gift to be there in that moment.
As I practice gratitude, I am filled with awe and wonder. It’s difficult to comprehend that I am the same woman who was depressed, angry, and struggled to get through her day. Practicing gratitude daily has been one of the most effective and powerful ways that I have reclaimed my life. I am stronger and much more confident than I’ve been in the past 20 years. And the best part is knowing that there is more love, joy and abundance ahead!
My book is full of simple practices that will enhance your life. There is a chapter devoted to all the difficult topics in our lives that tend to stress us out: dating, marriage, divorce, breaking up, raising children, money, career, losing weight. The most common response I get from people who read, 11 Simply Brilliant Ideas for a Life of Love, Joy and Abundance, is, “This is easy! I can do this!” And that was my goal: to help people believe that so much of what we want out of life is within our reach.