Live your life
“Live your life so that the fear of death can never enter your heart. When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.” Ascribed to Chief Tecumseh, Synthesis Today quote, August 3, 2018, www.synthesispub.com
Gratitude is definitely a secret to a Spirit filled life. Those in 12 step groups believe that you will most probably not go back to your old addiction, what they call “a slip” if you stay in a life of gratitude each day. Whenever someone in recovery is not doing well, the most suggested remedy is to start making a gratitude list every day, especially at night.
I live with Balbir Matbur’s teaching that “he travels in a boat called Surrender. His two oars are Forgiveness and Gratitude.” As long as I can surrender to a power greater than myself and am willing to forgive and remain grateful for what I have been given, I live a life of peace. My blood pressure stays more normal. I am less likely to become irritated at all of life’s hiccups, my computer is not working, someone has said something unkind, I have expectations of myself and others that are not being met, my body is not working the way it should, I am not getting my way, my plan done for the day.
I begin to live a life believing there is a grand plan better than my own.
My husband and I once made fun of an older man who was a friend of his father who would so often said, “you must have an attitude of gratitude.” Well, we both know now that there is no greater wisdom for living than this simple jingle.