Recently I started reading Who Says You Can’t? You Do by Daniel Chidiac. I have only read the first three chapters so far but it is an interesting read. The book is all about shaping your destiny, discovering your true self, and committing to your own life.
The third chapter is entitled “The Certainty of Appreciation.” This chapter talks a lot about getting yourself into a state of gratitude everyday and the author challenges you to write what he calls a “gratitude list”. It is a lot like a letter to the Universe (or God or any other higher being) to express the things that you appreciate about yourself as well as anything outside yourself that has meaning and contributes to your life.
I really like the idea of a “gratitude list.” It also ties in with a lot of the ideas and practices that I have been trying to incorporate into my personal and spiritual growth. Last night I sat down and wrote mine and I am excited about reading and reflecting my list as part of my morning ritual!
Thank you for being alive.
Thank you for being caring and generous; thank you for being kind hearted; thank you for being open-minded; thank you for being intelligent and resourceful; thank you for being easily amused and quick to smile; thank you for being honest and respectful; thank you for being grateful.
Thank you for my family, friends, and cats; thank you for my peaceful sanctuary; thank you for the opportunities to live my life; thank you for the clean air to breathe and the clean water to drink and the nourishing food to eat; thank you for the plants and the animals; thank you this working body; thank you for my five senses; thank you for all the experiences I have had; thank you for the freedom to grow and be myself; thank you for the light and the energy within me; thank you for this beautiful life.
I am here. I am alive.