As a kid, one of the best parts of my birthday was receiving birthday cards from my uncles and grandparents. Especially those cards designed specifically to hold cash. In all honesty, it was never about the card; I was really only excited about what was in the card.
It wasn’t a lot of money, but it was money. Just because I was born!
The rule back then was quite simple. You picked up the phone and called to thank the elders who sent the cash your way. Failure to acknowledge their generosity was a sure-fired way to get on the Ungrateful List. Kids on the Ungrateful List usually never saw those cards designed specifically to hold cash ever again.
I was happy to receive the cash, and always made the thank you calls. But my gratitude was laced with self-serving elements. I wanted to ensure another pay day next year. Logical. If you’re 12 years old.
THANK YOU Gratitude is an important part of my life these days. My spiritual evolution has taken me to a place of contented reverence and humble amazement for all I have and all I am. I never run out of reasons to say thank you.
In some circles, gratitude has become a means of attainment. I’ve so often heard “people who are grateful for what they already have will soon have even more to be grateful for.” And for some looking for more, that’s their strategy, fraught with self-serving, means-to-an-end intentions.
I won’t stand in judgment. Everyone is on their own path, evolving and unfolding on their own divine time frame. If God has any issues with the gratitude-for-gain crowd, that’s got nothing to do with me.
I often think God is like my uncle or my grandmother waiting for the phone to ring. All He wants to hear is my voice on the other side of the phone, simply saying “thank you”.
ENERGY OF LOVE God’s continued blessings aren’t contingent upon our being grateful for what we’ve received. Which, in turn, makes me even more grateful. Gratitude creates an energy of love which aligns the grateful more closely with the Source of All Blessings. From this place of alignment, the river of abundance flows freely with the truly grateful ending up with even more to be grateful for.
But they’ll be the first to tell you it’s not about attainment. The true gift of gratitude is the peace found living your life more closely aligned with God.
It’s a great day to be you!