I believe gratitude is our basic human response to life, if we have not allowed negativity and some of the harsher life circumstances to knock that impulse out of us. Sometimes, when we are feeling most defeated and exhausted, we lose the impulse to give thanks. Bitterness, despair and envy are gratitude killers, beyond a doubt. And yet, I have seen the miracles a thankful heart can bring into manifestation.
Over a decade ago, I was introduced to a book that was life-changing for me, and for many others as well. It is titled Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and has now sold over seven million copies and been published in thirty languages, blessing women around the globe with insight, beautiful prose and daily guidance. It touched many lives and was given as a gift in all kinds of circumstances, by women to other women they cared about. The deep wisdom expressed there, the journey it encouraged one to take, mostly within oneself to a more authentic, simpler, happier life was one to be shared with enthusiasm. The author has an uncanny knack of taking words that are written directly on a woman's heart and putting them eloquently on the page. In her forward to the 10th Anniversay edition of the book, Sarah Ban Breathnach likens herself to "Pollyanna on Prozac" because she was struggling to birth this book in a downturned economy, looking beyond lack to be grateful for what was good in her life. It's a lesson from which all can benefit. She suggested keeping a gratitude journal -- a simple record of five things for which you are grateful -- recorded faithfully every night. What are you grateful for in your life? Try it. You will discover just how powerful a thing gratitude can be! Link to Sarah Ban Breathnach's books on Amazon by clicking here: