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2012 a year of gratitude

Updated on January 1, 2012
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I would love to be richer. Who doesn’t want that? It seems that the more I try the less it comes. The more I chase the more it runs away. I’ve decided to name this year a year of gratitude for me. 2012 is the year I make the conscious effort to be grateful for all that I have. I will make sure I’m fully aware and stop myself when I slide back down the road of negativity.

Tall order I know, but I’ve decided to do this as an experiment. At the beginning of this article I said I wanted to be richer. But everything I’ve tried getting there has only made it less so. So I want to try something totally different and see what happens.

It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This makes total sense to me. I’ve whined and complained about not having enough and yet expect different results. ‘Madness indeed!’ So 2012 I’m changing focus from the whining attitude to making it a year of giving thanks.

Why gratitude?

There’s a website I came across stevepavilina.com that talks about this in more detail. He talks about how being grateful for the small things allows the universe to provide more for you. This makes sense because if you are not grateful for the little you have why would the universe give you more.

Also in the Law of Attraction, Abraham- Hicks states that if you want to see different results in your life, change your story. My story for the past few years has been, Life’s too expensive, I can’t afford that, the credit crunch is affecting me etc. So of course I will get more of the story I’m telling. The more you tell the same story, you release the same emotions each time and live out the same drama. No wonder I’m exhausted beating the same drum of lack and doubt.

So I’m changing my story to one of gratitude. I can honestly be grateful for a lot of things. But because my main focus this year is financial, I’m going to be grateful for every penny. Steve Pavilina shares an exercise on his website that he does regularly with his daughter. They make a game of finding coins while they take a walk. The winner of the game is the person who finds the most coins. At first his daughter couldn’t find any coins but soon she learns to switch her focus from seeing bottle tops and other things and begins to notice coins. This story is key to my life in so many ways. I think too many times we look for the big dollars instead of starting with the pennies. If we change our mind set and what we focus on, we will begin to notice the pennies when they do come into our lives.

So back to gratitude, a good example is with my work. Like me, you might think, it’s only a few coins. I’ve done this a lot with regards to my books and my writing these pages and my blogs. I would think – it’s only thirty five cents, but now I say thank you because I’m thirty five cents richer than I was yesterday.

The universe will only give more of what we are grateful for. So everyday this whole year I will give thanks. It beats moaning and complaining about what I don’t have. Have you noticed that no matter how much you complain about something it really doesn’t make much of a difference? The situation still remains the same and the only thing that has been lost is valuable energy that could’ve been used for something more creative? It’s crazy, now that I think about it. But have you noticed that when you are grateful you feel positive energy? So which is better? Feeling lousy or feeling positive? I’ll go with giving thanks since feeling lousy hasn’t done me any good.

So here’s to 2012, a year that will be filled with great things. A year of giving thanks filled with positive energy.

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    • sunkentreasure profile image

      BERNARD LEVINE 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

      A THANKFUL HEART By BERNARD LEVINE

      In the heart of every baby

      you’ll find the beautiful love of God

      In the sparkle of every shining star

      is the brilliance of God’s genius

      In every drop of precious water

      is the immeasurable kindness of God

      When you touch the texture of a leaf

      you feel the gentleness of God

      It’s a wonderful privilege

      to love God and say thank you

      There’s a very special feeling you get inside

      when you care for and look after God’s creation

      It’s so rich and so meaningful

      to be living each day to please God

      Giving God gratitude

      brings more miracles

      into your life.

      © Bernard Levine

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      sunkentreasure this is a beautiful poem. Thanks for posting it. I will read this daily as I give thanks this year.

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      ringlawncare 5 years ago from Stillwater MN

      I like that you like the non-dictionary definition of "insanity". It also great to see I'm not the only one out there that believes in saving change. No more whining is a positive. Good hub!

      Thanks for the poem "sunkentreasure"

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comment ringlawncare I'm glad you are for positive change too. I have to consciously stop myself from whining :-).

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Wonderful. Thanks so much for the reminder! I try and be grateful, but have those days where I fall short. I really needed to read this. Happy New Year

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comment wetnosedogs! I have to remind myself everyday and stop myself from complaining :-). Happy new year to you too!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      What a great idea! I tey to get up each morning and feel the promise of the day--I think of your venture as kind of the same thing--good luck and have fun--great hub!!

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks AudreyHowitt for your comment. It is a lovely feeling to show gratitude and I do it every evening. Give thanks for the day and that I'm alive and that I can I have a place to lie down and go to sleep.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      That sounds like a lovely and peaceful way to end your day!

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes it is, it gives so much energy and positivity. :-)

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