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Secret #2 – Gratitude Brings Prosperity

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer


As humans we have the unique ability to look at things in life and place our own interpretation on them. I love the quote from Wayne above, because it helps to remind myself how important it is for me to be grateful and appreciate what I have. At the end of the day, it is my choice how I want to look at things. It can be a specific situation around a relationship or it can be around money. No matter what that thing is, I can choose to either look at it from a place of lack, or from a place of prosperity. And depending on which interpretation I choose to accept, my life and reality will become as such.

Shakespeare said it best in Hamlet…”There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

By bringing love and gratitude into a current situation you are struggling with, and not labeling it either good or bad, it will open the heart and the mind to what can be possible. What is really fascinating is that when you begin to shift in this way, miracles happen.  That solution you needed or the answer you were searching for shows up. Or, that new client or business contact magically appears out of nowhere. And that makes for happiness…

I don’t recall the number of times I tested this myself, but I know there’s too many to count…every time I focused on being grateful with what I DO have, God and the Universe gave back to me in so many amazing ways – better than I imagined. And it continues to be this way in my life. Recently I had a fall-out with someone near and dear to me, and it broke my heart to think that someone who knew me for 15 years would say such hurtful things to me and view me so harshly. As much as I was sad for the loss in friendship and wanted to let my ego think it was about me, I realized that it isn’t what I thought it was. And instead I choose to be grateful for the 15 years that I did have with the person, and how grateful I am for their generosity and kindness they DID show to me during those years. Then I began to realize how I have so many wonderful friends and family surrounding me who love me unconditionally. And this had me realize that my situation is not as bad as I thought…and that brings me happiness!

During this week, I invite you to consider the practice of love and gratitude around situations and relationships, and not look at them as either good or bad, but rather…how might looking at things differently begin to open you up to opportunities for happiness.

Be open and ready to look at things differently, because as much as your ego wants to hold you back, there is something so much BIGGER out there waiting for you!