GRATITUDE QUOTE: “We are like lutes, once held by God. Being away from His warm body fully explains this constant yearning.” Hafiz from The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, the great Sufi master
CHAPTER 7: Gratitude
Today is post day; I just walked into my office to find a mess awaiting me. Do I ignore it a keep my commitment to post weekly? – which means to have 16 posts with the 16 chapters of Wallace D Wattles book, The Science of Getting Rich on my blog in 16 weeks – or do I listen to the “billowing surge that appears to be conspiring against me” and begin to go through the piles upon piles of office work left undone?
I will rely on last week’s Gratitude Quote was from BenFranklin’s 13 virtues, “Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve”.
So without further adieu . . . .
I sometimes allow doubts to cloud my Resolve, my Will, to be rich in the form of thoughts that would not previously be examined; however, under the scrutiny of my newly adopted beliefs;
“First, you (I) believe that there is one Intelligent Substance, from which all things proceed”. That one’s easy.
Walter D Wattles continues, ” . . . second, you (I) believe that this Substance gives you (Me) everything you (I) desire”. I mused on this a bit, and I have convinced myself of this, if not in some mutated form that makes it work in my mind.
“. . . and third, you (I) relate yourself (Myself) to it by a feeling of deep and profound gratitude.”
The first time I read this paragraph from Chapter 7, I audibly gave a sigh of
relieve and felt my shoulders relax. It was physical sensation of . . . “Ahh! I can do this, I am already very grateful for everything I have.”
However, upon further examination and study of Chapter 7, there is more to it than the
occasional word of thanks; it has to become a habit, a constant practice of acknowledging God, the Formless, the All, the Supreme, from whom all blessing flow.
Walter D Wattles suggests “the more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive, and the more rapidly they will come”.
Through gratitude (as a habit) I can draw my mind closer to the Source, by which I am blessed with so much and from whom/where so much more is available to me by fixing my mind on being grateful.
PRACTICING MY PURPOSE: I will shun thoughts of dissatisfaction the moment they come into my conscious awareness by forgiving those thoughts and then I will immediately replace them with at practice grateful thanksgiving for all things, even the thought or thing I shunned the moment before. Rich Glossary