June 15, 2009

Taking Action with Gratitude

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. — Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is a fuel for action.

Dick Dale is known for his gritty yet ethereal surf guitar music. He’s been playing his unique brand of pulsing rock-and-roll for nearly half a century.

And he’s been dying of cancer.

For forty years.

How can such a thing be?Dale maintains a steady touring schedule, playing the music he created and loves. He attributes his survival to a strong practice of gratitude. And that gratitude fuels his work.

You see, we cannot store gratitude. We must practice it in the way a master picks up a guitar or sits at a piano and plays every day. We practice when it rains and when the sun is shining… in pain and in cold… in the warmth of a simple summer evening… whether sick or healthy. By choosing to practice gratitude, we refuel our lives and maintain our connection to the world, and ground ourselves in the power of the Creative Moment.

Gratitude is the key to having a wonderful life, no matter what happens. Starting today, do not let your feet touch the ground in the morning without first declaring your gratitude for the people, places, and things in your life.

You can make a gratitude list in your daily journal, too. Doing so is a power affirmation of life.

At day’s end, before drifting into sleep, once again declare your gratitude. You’ll be amazed at how peaceful your rest will be as a result.

That powerful triumvirate of faith, engagement, and gratitude makes all things possible.

Put those practices to work for you today, right now. Don’t fret about perfection. Simply practice, and watch the world become a better place.

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