On Being Grateful and the Law of Attraction
One way to leverage the law of attraction and attract more of what you want in life is to be grateful for what you already have, even if it is not enough. We spend so much of our time and energy focusing on what we don’t have that we often neglect to appreciate what we do have. Instead of focusing on the one relationship you don’t have, focus and be grateful for all the wonderful friends and family you do have. Instead of focusing on your debts, focus on the richness of your life, the beauty of the sunset, the pure joy of tickling your youngest child, the delicious food on your table…
To remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have, at the end of each day take a few minutes to write down everything that you are grateful for in a diary or journal. (You may enjoy this article Use Creative Visualization to Get What You Most Desire.) You could be grateful for your health, a loving spouse, a beautiful home or a cup of hot cocoa. No matter how rough a day, there is always something or someone to be grateful for—a partner to come home to who will listen to you, a dog that adores you, a warm bed to sleep in or just that you survived that day with your limbs still intact.
Another way to do this is send at least one thank you note, call or email a day. Is there anyone you could thank? Writing down and sending our thanks for the good things people have done for us is a great way to attract more of the same. People so like receiving gratitude that they will try to find even more ways to help you.
What is the law of attraction here?
What you focus on expands.
If you focus on what you don’t have, you will attract even less. Put another way, if you focus on what you do have, you will attract even more. If you are too needy or desperate, you will end up repelling the very thing you want to attract. When you are grateful for what you have, even when it is not enough, you’ll attract more of the good things in your life.
I remember when my second child was six months old and woke me up two to four times a night. We just couldn’t get her to sleep through the night. As a result, I felt like I was staggering through life.
To add further frustrations, my two and half year old at the time wasn’t enjoying her nursery play school. To help me out with the second issue, a dear friend of mine suggested that I find out if there was another child at the nursery my eldest daughter liked. And if so, to arrange a play date to help them develop a friendship. Then, when it was time to go to school, I could remind her that her friend would be there. Having a friend to support you through a difficult time makes it easier, whether you are 2 years old or 90—words of wisdom! And sure enough, that worked just as she said. After just one play date with Lucy, my daughter could face a day of school without tears. Lucy was there. Progress! An unexpected bonus for me was that Lucy’s mother is great.
Now, here is the gratitude part. I was bemoaning my lack of sleep only to learn that Lucy had a little brother that died at the age of one and a half months. How tragic. And suddenly I felt immensely grateful that my little baby was alive and well enough to keep me up in the night. I’ve come to the conclusion that complaining (never attractive) can actually be in very bad taste. You never know how your complaint might sound to another person. Count your blessings—they are everywhere.
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