Gratitude…why we must have it

If you have ever complained about not having somethings (and who has not?) stop the thoughts. Immediately start writing a notebook of why you have Gratitude and towards whom and for what.

It is a very powerful exercise of being grateful for what is given to us. I can not say about others, but I am sure I have more than what I deserve and I can easily make a list of 100 people to whom I owe much more than what they owe me. Whether it is the teacher who taught me, or the client who paid for my house, shelter, holidays, food on the table, a great life or a super great set of friends, colleagues, kids, … the list is endless.

Still once in a while you read a story like this and it makes you question. You know you have done nothing to give back to the world for what has been given to you……read this……I beg of you to read this……read on……The Last Walk for Water

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Quotes on Thankfulness and Gratitude

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I wanted to share with you 10 quotes that really help put into perspective the power and importance of being thankful:

  1. “If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” — Frank A. Clark
  2. “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.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  3. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  4. “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” — John F. Kennedy
  5. “None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” — Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
  6. “Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.” — Dan Buettner
  7. “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” — Dalai Lama
  8. “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — Willie Nelson
  9. “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” — W. Clement Stone
  10. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions that you can practice in your everyday life.

 

12 Little Known Laws Of Gratitude

  1. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.
    • Be grateful for what you have, and you’ll end up having more.
    • Focus on what you don’t have, and you’ll never have enough.
  2. Being happy won’t always make you grateful, but being grateful will always make you happy.
    • It’s nearly impossible to sincerely appreciate a moment and frown about it at the same time.
    • To be happy right now doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re grateful for what you have and patient for what’s yet to come.
  3. Gratitude fosters true forgiveness, which is when you can sincerely say, “Thank you for that experience.”
    • It makes no sense to condemn or regret an important life lesson.
    • Gratitude makes sense of yesterday, brings peace to the present, and creates a positive vision for tomorrow.
  4. You never need more than you have at any given moment.
    • It has been said that the highest form of prayer is giving thanks.  Instead of praying ‘for’ things, give thanks for what you already have.
    • When life gives you every reason to be negative, think of one good reason to be positive.  There’s always something to be grateful for.
  5. Gratitude is all-inclusive.
    • Good days give you happiness and bad days give you wisdom.  Both are essential.
    • Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you must include all things in your gratitude.  This is especially true of your relationships.  We meet no ordinary people in our lives; if you give them a chance, everyone has something important to teach you.
  6. What you have to be grateful for in the present changes.
    • Be grateful for all you have now, because you honestly never know what will happen next.  What you have will eventually be what you had.
    • Life changes every single day, and your blessings will gradually change along with it.
  7. A grateful mind never takes things for granted.
    • What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.
    • The circumstance (or person) you take for granted today may turn out to be the only one you need tomorrow.
  8. As you express your gratitude, you must not forget that the highest appreciation is not to simply utter words, but to live by them daily.
    • What matters most is not what you say, but how you live.
    • Don’t just say it, show it.  Don’t just promise it, prove it.
  9. Gratitude includes giving back.
    • In the hustle of everyday life we hardly realize how much more we receive than give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude.
    • It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the aid of others.
  10. The highest tribute to the people and circumstances you’ve lost is not grief but gratitude.
    • Just because something didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t the greatest gift imaginable.
    • Be thankful that your paths crossed and that you got the chance to experience something wonderful.
  11. To be truly grateful, you must be truly present.
    • Count the blessings in your life, and start with the breath you’re taking right now.
    • We often forget that the greatest miracle is not to walk on water; the greatest miracle is to walk on this green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment, appreciating it and feeling completely alive.
  12. Letting go of control multiplies the potential for gratitude.
    • Sometimes we put too much weight into trying to control every tiny aspect of our lives that we completely miss the forest for the trees.
    • Learn to let go, relax a bit and ride the path that life takes you sometimes.  Try something new, be fearless, but above all else, do your best and be OK with it.  Clearing yourself of needless expectations lets you truly experience the unexpected.  And the greatest joys in life are often the unexpected surprises and opportunities you never anticipated.

“Life should be lived with a little more GRATITUDE and a little less ATTITUDE.”

Source: 12 Little Known Laws of Gratitude (That Will Change Your Life)

Abundance Begins With Gratitude

While the headlines are really bad in the world today, the trend lines are pretty good. Extreme poverty is down. Health care is improving dramatically around the world. There are developments which make me believe we might be able to do what we did in the 90s which is use technological developments to create more jobs than we lose. For the last few months, for the first time in literally more than a decade, 40 percent of the new jobs have been in higher wage categories.

We’re lucky to be here, living in amazing times.

In the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, author and X Prize founder Peter Diamandis makes his case that the standard of living of the majority of the world’s population can be raised to a level in which everyone’s basic needs are met within the next twenty-five years.

Also Bill Gates blogged about this book, we’ll be able to meet and exceed the needs of every person in the world, through technology, innovation, and philanthropy. — Innovation Can Help Meet Basic Human Needs

Listen to following TEDtalk from TED2012 by Peter Diamandis to know more about his idea, here he makes a case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

I want to end this blog with following line, as I believe we can not have abundance without it:

When you have enough, you should be thankfulAllhamdulillaha
When you are thankful, you have enough.

“Gratitude for the abundance you have received is the best insurance that the abundance will continue” — Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Shukr and The King

Once there was King who had a servant named Shukr (gratitude). They were the closest of friends and the King would take Shukr everywhere. Shukr was aptly named, because he was always grateful to Allah for whatever he had and for whatever situation he was in, and this was a noble quality of his which the King greatly admired.

One day the King and Shukr went out hunting, they came across a deer and the King shot at the deer and killed it.

“Alhamdulillah!” exclaimed Shukr.

The King and Shukr went to remove the arrow from the deer and as it was being withdrawn the end of the King’s little finger was chopped off! “Alhamdulillah!” exclaimed Shukr again. This time, the King was not pleased with Shukr’s gratitude and condemned him for it. In fact the King was so angry that he threw Shukr in prison.

“Alhamdulillah!” cried Shukr once again, confusing all of those around him.

The next week, the King went hunting alone. As he was exploring the forest, he came across a tribe of indigenous people. They seemed friendly and invited him to have dinner with them, which was of religious significance to them. Little did he know that he was to be the main course!

They tied up the King and prepared the stew. When everything was ready they untied him, and one man noticed that his little finger was not complete. They all broke out in argument, saying that they could not offer an incomplete human being as a sacrifice to their gods. So they let the King go free.

Out of happiness and joy the King ran back to the city and to Shukr. After hearing his story, Shukr exclaimed “Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah!” The King released him from jail and Shukr continually kept on crying “Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah! Alhamdulillah!”

The King was surprised by this, so he asked Shukr why he was so excessively grateful. Shukr replied “Because if you had not thrown me in jail, I would have been out hunting with you and the tribe would have eaten me instead of you!”